The Messy blog

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.

Ecosystem Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 May 2017

There was a cracking Radio 4 programme about Sherwood Forest recently, in which the forester was looking at one of the ancient oaks. The reporter gushed about how beautiful it was. The forester replied something like this: 'Yes, I suppose it is a beautiful thing in itself. But it's most important for the variety of life it supports. That's why we've propped it up with massive buttressess and put a girdle round its trunk – to keep it going a few more years until the young oak trees we've planted grow up and can start supporting those different species of life themselves.'

Making Messy disciples

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 May 2017

I can hardly believe that it’s been a year since our International Messy Church conference! What a tremendous three days they were; and we’re still all benefiting from what was shared and experienced then, including Messy Moment videos from friends far and wide, an increased connectedness across the world and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s encouragement to us to be ‘pushing out the boundaries, being flexible, being imaginative, being a circle of love that joins people with Christ at the centre’.

Regional Coordinator for Scottish Highlands

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017

Nicola Slater, in addition to being your Messy Forces Coordinator, is kindly taking on the role of Scottish Highlands Regional Coordinator! Thank you, Nicola!

Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017

We are delighted to welcome Sammi Tooze, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield! Sammi joins Rachel Gotobed (RC Leeds) and Dawn Moore (RC Huddersfield) in the Regional Coordinator team for West Yorkshire.  Sammi is a member of the Diocese of Leeds Church Growth team. She enjoys playing and singing early music, particularly renaissance. Sammi is very involved in the worship team at York Minster and loves drinking tea. Contact Sammi for prayer and support.

Vintage Adventure

Posted by Martin Gee on 24 Apr 2017

A blog by Revd Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People at Highfield Church.