The Messy blog

Messy Unity

Posted by Martyn Payne on 08 Jul 2017

It is always so encouraging to receive emails to the BRF Messy Church team which remind us that people are praying for us and for God’s work through Messy Church. We received one such email recently from faithful friends in Essex. This email, though, had something more in it which we felt it would be good to share. It touches on just what God is doing by working across denominations through Messy Church and how this might, for our generation, be fulfilling Christ’s own prayer for unity… namely 'that they might all be one, even as we are one' (John 17:21). Here is the email:

Regional Coordinator for Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Jul 2017

Welcome to Caroline Green, the new Regional Coordinator for Burton on Trent in Staffordshire! Caroline is a Messy Church coordinator with her friend Sue at Winshill Churches Together Messy Church, held at Winshill Methodist Church. They set up their Messy Church in October 2012. They are part of a very busy knitting community, who, each Advent, knit and crochet angels for the community. They thrive on community projects!

New Regional Coordinator for Basingstoke, Hampshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 06 Jul 2017

Welcome Jennifer Martin, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Basingstoke in Hampshire! Jennifer is eager to pray for and support the Messy Churches in her region and is the coordinator at Hook Messy Church.

Three ways Messy Church is being prophetic in our time

Posted by Martyn Payne on 03 Jul 2017

Messy Church is proving to be a catalyst for change within established churches. It is giving them permission to step outside inherited thinking about how church should look and behave, and has set many of them free to experiment with new ways of being church for the 21st century.

Messy Regional Coordinator for Westphalia, Germany

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Jun 2017

Welcome Andreas Isenburg, your Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Westphalia in Germany! Some of you will remember Andreas as he joined us at the Messy Church International Conference in 2016. He is constantly travelling and discovering more and more Fresh Expressions of Church and works as a minister with Amt fur missionarische Dienste in Dortmund, members of the Protestant Church of Germany.

Messy baptism misconceptions

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Jun 2017

In 2016, at St Mary’s Church Grassendale L19 Messy Church in South Liverpool, I overheard a conversation between two Messy Church mothers at the kitchen hatch. One mother exclaimed to another, ‘We won’t ever be able to get our children christened because we aren’t married!’ The other mother responded with, ‘Neither will we as we can’t do Sundays!’

Messy Adventures and Hairdryers

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Jun 2017

Let it not be said that the Messy life is a dull one. A busy weekend for the team, with Martyn at a Meet-up in Chester, Jane running her own Messy Church, me in Durham on a Growing Messy Leaders Day for Durham Diocese with CPAS's Pam Macnaughton, then a Sunday with all of us plus Dr Dave and a team of keen Messy scientists to run the launch of Messy Church Does Science at the beautiful Ely Cathedral.

Reimagining Sunday all-age worship

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Jun 2017

There is no doubt that Messy Church has helped many of us reimagine how we best run a gathered service so that everyone can come close to God. By stepping outside of Sunday morning, it neatly by-passes those inevitable tensions that arise when traditional shapes of Sunday church try and accommodate the presence of children and young people. Many people probably feel that Sunday morning all-age or family service can leave both young and old feeling short-changed, patronised and spiritually undernourished.

Eden Valley Cumbria Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 08 May 2017

Welcome to Veronica Priest, our Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Eden Valley in Messy Cumbria! Veronica joins Deacon Melanie Beaven and Syl Hunt in a growing Regional Coordinator team. 

New Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 05 May 2017

Continuing to work together and support God's growth of mission for families, we are delighted to announce Nelleke Matsinger as Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands. Nelleke is on the Projects Team at Kliederkerk and is developing a network of Regional Coordinators across the Netherlands; we are sharing our good practice and Messy stories with each other.