The Messy blog

Carnon Valley Messy Church in a Bag

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Mar 2020

On Mothering Sunday (22 March UK), Carnon Valley Messy Church, Truro, Cornwall, invited their Messy Church congregation to collect Messy Church bags from Devoran Village Hall car park at 4.00 pm. Their Messy Church in a Bag initiative has inspired other Messy Churches to try this alternative to meeting as normal, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharing the Messy Church BRF Facebook Live! responses

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Mar 2020

What a creative Messy Church family we have! We held our first Messy Church Facebook Live this week, and over 2,000 people were reached in one hour! You shared your ideas online to help each other continue Messy Church from a distance, as the coronavirus halts our normal sessions and activities. What a huge encouragement you are!

Coronavirus advice

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Mar 2020

Many leaders are asking for our advice about whether or not to postpone Messy Church during the present coronavirus outbreak. Our advice is to follow the guidelines put out by the government and your denomination. For example, in the UK:

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.