The Messy blog

Seriously Messy - Remembering

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Nov 2019

As the UK enters the week when we hold Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, we also hear that services to remember loved ones are growing faster than any other kind of service. For some, talking about dying matters can be so difficult that it is avoided and sometimes surpressed.

New Regional Coordinator for Cumbria - South Lakes

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Nov 2019

We welcome Revd Graham Ransom as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cumbria - South Lakes! Graham is a Methodist minister, currently serving in the South Lakes Circuit, which includes some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Married to Gillian, with three grown-up daughters and a granddaughter, he helps organise monthly Messy Church in Ulverston Methodist Church.

Quiet Days at a distance - Zacchaeus

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Nov 2019

‘God who rescues’ and Messy Church Martyn Payne Who doesn’t know and love the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19? It’s a Sunday school favourite, of course, but have you ever wondered what God might be saying to us in Messy Church from this story?

Regional Coordinator for Dalarna in Sweden

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 08 Oct 2019

We welcome Maria Emanuelsson as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for the Dalarna Region of Sweden. 

Regional Coordinator for Adelaide East & North; Eyre Peninsular & Far West

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Oct 2019

Welcome Melissa Neumann, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Adelaide East and North, Eyre Peninsular and Far West in South Australia!   Melissa is part of the intergenerational ministry team for Uniting Church SA and is part of the Messy Church team at Dernancourt Uniting Church. Melissa has been supporting and resourcing Messy Churches in her work role since 2011, including hosting two visits by Messy Church founder, Lucy Moore, to Adelaide.

Regional Coordinator for North Sweden

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Sep 2019

We welcome Mikael Dapefrid as joint Regional Coordinator for the very large region of North Sweden with Marianne Hellgren. Some of you will remember Mikael from the recent Messy Church International Conference. He shared his excellent videos with us and encouraged us to think outside of the box.

Quiet Days at a distance: Creativity in words

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Sep 2019

Following on from the most recent blog on creativity and Ephesians 2:10, here are the word-based responses from the morning.

Quiet Days at a distance

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Sep 2019

It's a busy time in BRF's Messy Church this year. Correction: it's been a busy time in Messy Church since approximately 2008. And the danger we've always been aware of is that in all the busyness and 'doing', we somehow manage to stop having time for the person behind it all. We stop listening, noticing, being grateful or learning from experience and turn into a machine that churns out product. When we want to be a household the enjoys spending time with the head of the house and becoming more like that head in our attitudes and actions.

God's Word for Messy People

Posted by Lucy Moore on 26 Sep 2019

I wrote this book trying to be as honest and grounded as I could. I expect some people will disapprove of me admitting to sometimes feeling ‘meh’ when Jesus is mentioned. It's not a feeling I’m proud of, but it’s important not to pretend to each other that we all live on some super-spiritual plane where we feel all the ‘right’ feelings. And sometimes I do get a bit fed up with the same concepts, clichés, stories I’ve heard a thousand times.

Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Sep 2019

Welcome Revd Dr A. Michele Somerville as Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania USA. Michele has served with the UMC for over 20 years. Her second career as a pastor has brought her much joy and, even when she retired in 2018, she continued to work part-time serving two churches. When first introduced to Messy Church, she began Messy Church East Canton United Methodist in November 2018.