The Messy blog

Creativity and double-jointed boats

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Apr 2020

True creativity, I feel rather ruefully, would find a way to make an origami boat successfully on screen without needing to be double-jointed and cross-eyed. As we mused on our creations – made to a pattern, made by following instructions, we pondered the age-old question – what is creativity? Simply making something? Or does it require some element of newness, adaptability, imagination, uniqueness?

Everybody Welcome Online

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Apr 2020

Bob Jackson and George Fisher have long been enthusiastic supporters of Messy Church in their missional roles for the Church. Bob helps run a thriving Messy Church in Eyam in Derbyshire. This helpful document includes reflections about online Messy Church as well as other very useful ideas and tips about online church more generally. Please share if you find it helpful. Everybody Welcome Online

Being Christ-centred - Living water

Posted by Lucy Moore on 23 Apr 2020

It was a delight to relax in the company of several hundred Messy friends for the Facebook Lives this week on the theme of ‘being Christ-centred’. Thanks to everyone for your warm generosity and, frankly, for turning up, when Repair Shop was on TV at the same time. Such dedication.

Messy Gideon

Posted by Lucy Moore on 20 Apr 2020

Paul Thurlow writes up the distance quiet day thoughts from a small group of us. We’d planned this meeting at the end of 2019; we’d planned to talk about ‘the God who challenges’. Little did we know that just days before we met the country would be placed into lockdown, our worlds would be turned upside down and that all our own challenges would change.

Lockdown Easter

Posted by Lucy Moore on 16 Apr 2020

Musings from a locked room that I shared in a blithery sort of way with the Aussies, New Zealanders, Danes, Germans and Brits this morning.

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Lancashire Central and South

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Apr 2020

We welcome Dave Martin as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Lancashire Central and South! Dave Martin works for BRF and is part of the leadership team of Messy Church, alongside Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter. He has a passion for connecting people to Jesus and a desire for churches to flourish as intergenerational faith communities. Previously, Dave was Children, Youth and Families Minister at a church in Radlett, where he was involved in leading a Messy Church and starting a sister project, Messy Cafe.

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.’