The Messy blog

Disturbing parables

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Mar 2020

The kingdom of heaven is like COVID-19… I expect Jesus’ kingdom parables had something of the shock factor of that suggestion. Yeast and mustard seeds were, after all, either unclean or destructive and unwelcome. Coronavirus, in its disruptiveness, unpredictability and pervasiveness, speaks in a similar way of the unstoppable way God’s kingdom spreads, potentially provoking a similar knee-jerk reaction of ‘Ooh, that can’t be godly, because it’s not a nice, pretty image.’

Quiet Days at a distance - Prodigal Son

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 Mar 2020

Quiet days at a distance – the parable of the prodigal son ‘God who celebrates’ and Messy Church

Messy youthwork

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Feb 2020

I have been listening to and watching groups of teenagers and pre-teens who weren’t born when Messy Church started in 2004. Many of them joined in with Messy Church as children, brought along by their parents or by their friends, and are now serving as young leaders in those same Messy Churches. I’ll say that again, because it’s something very important to those of us who are older. It’s easy to miss and is vitally important as the Church moves into the future: these young people have never known a time when Messy Church did not exist.

Regional Coordinator for Lincolnshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 29 Jan 2020

Welcome Deacon Jane Paine as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Lincolnshire! 

Regional Coordinator for Somerset

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Jan 2020

We welcome Jayne Bartin as new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Somerset. 

Regional Coordinator for ACT and NSW Australia

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 08 Jan 2020

We welcome Revd Karen Mitchell-Lambert as the new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW) in Australia. Karen is an ordained deacon in the Uniting Church in Australia and has 25 years' ministerial experience with youth, young adults, children and families. Her passion is to help the church find ways to share the love of God with their communities around them.

Making the Messy most of your building!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Jan 2020

A delightful account from Sharon Sampson and the Chearsley Messy Church team of how to make the most of a not-at-all Messy medieval church building! Sharon writes: 'I am sure there are churches up and down the country who would love to run a Messy Church but feel that they just don’t have the space. In our little medieval village of Nether Winchendon, there is no village hall or public space apart from the 13th-century church.  

The months of the year ahead

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jan 2020

'On the first of every month, present to the Lord a burnt offering.'Numbers 28:11

Mess in Ministry

Posted by Lucy Moore on 09 Dec 2019

It’s a privilege to sit and listen, as I have done recently, to people doing ministry faithfully, generously, unpretentiously but confidently in their local community and church. If you need an example of effective lay ministry, Messy Church simply provides it, unambiguously and across all sorts of situations.

Messy Voting

Posted by Dave Martin on 06 Dec 2019

With a general election just around the corner in the UK, and various opportunities for Christians around the world to have their say on current issues, what attitude could we have when voting as Christians?