The Messy blog

Messy Church or after school club?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Jul 2010

One of our (wonderful, innovative, generous, thoughtful, energetic, and so on ) regional coordinators emailed asking for advice today. She'd been visiting and found that some Messy Churches are really after school clubs. Please note that I don't say 'just after school clubs' - after school clubs are great. But they aren't Messy Churches. Her question was whether she should ask them to stop using the name 'Messy Church'.

Real church?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Jul 2010

An interesting query on the website and I found myself writing at length, probably incoherently but here we go: 'Hi, and congratulations on an innovative idea. I understand the ethos of Messy Church but wondered whether the broader longer-term aim was to integrate the members of Messy Church into the mainstream activities of the 'mother' church, i.e. Sunday school for the children and Sunday worship and midweek Bible study etc. for the adults. If not, how will those that attend Messy Church develop and grow their understanding of Church and being a Christian?'

Five years old?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Jul 2010

Has your Messy Church been going on for five years or more? Could you help Claire Dalpra, a researcher at the Sheffield Centre and a good friend to Messy Church? She writes: 'Are there any Messy Churches that have going longer than five years that wouldn't mind me turning up and asking them lots of questions? I may have mentioned this to you already but for my MA dissertation, I'm planning to look at lay, volunteer- led fresh expressions and learn from those who have made it work longer term to help other fresh expressions in the future.

Old and new

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Jul 2010

Isn't it delightful to feel part of a Church that has worshipped God for centuries and will carry on worshipping him in new and old ways into this century? Margaret McDermott wrote in an email: 'By the way I recently went in an ancient church in Southwold and they had a lovely Messy Church banner among decorations from the Middle Ages!' Mind you, I bet a medieval Messy Church would have had some fab crafts.

Regional Coordinators Update

Posted by Lucy Moore on 09 Jul 2010

Gloat gloat, we have about 30 regional coordinators now! Whether you live in Shetland or in Truro, in Kent or in Cambridge, in Sheffield or in Worthing and in many other areas, we have a regional coordinator who would love to hear from you. This wonderful team of volunteers will do all in their power to reply to your queries, share your joys and sorrows, reflect on your experiences, or put on events to support you.

All things bright and beautiful

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Jul 2010

I forgot to include this when I was writing my Canada Diary: in Sunday church we sang that old favourite hymn and just when I was drawing breath for ‘The tall trees in the greenwood’ etc., we launched into the far superior Canadian version: The rocky mountain splendourThe loon’s wild haunting callThe great lakes and the prairiesThe forest in the fall...

Follow-up course ideas?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Jun 2010

Lots of queries at the moment: anyone any thoughts on Cara's question below? Do let us know at I can only say unhelpfully that when we offered an Alpha Course in the early days we had zero response and felt rather stupid and pushy for offering it at all. But we weren't very imaginative and hadn't suggested doing it as a family. I know the Youth Alpha material is good, though we haven't tried it in an all-age context. Any wisdom? Cara writes:

Canada Diary - Part 10

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Jun 2010

And so my final day in Edmonton. A morning at church (where I discover that ladies of a certain age the world over take approximately 45 seconds to turn the conversation to intimate health issues, even with complete strangers) and a quiet afternoon as we were all too exhausted to go bison-hunting. This proves my theory that there is no wildlife in Canada. It is all a myth perpetrated by the Tourist Board. I added a mere two sparrows and a white cat to my tally.

Canada Diary - Part 9

Posted by Lucy Moore on 26 Jun 2010

Having reread yesterday's entry I feel I should make it clear that the bishop didn't actually give me an episcopal massage herself. Today was pretty non-stop in a good way. We drove to Quinn and Maddie's church, which is a good 40 minutes away - his parish is roughly the size of Portsmouth Diocese. The morning was a Messy Fiesta with people from Spruce Grove and further afield: I was very flattered and bemused that one couple had driven seven hours from the NW Territory to be there, and one lady had come straight from night shift to join in. There were about 18 of us.

Canada Diary - Part 8

Posted by Lucy Moore on 25 Jun 2010

Woke up to a power cut, but can't complain as everyone else was woken even earlier by a fire alarm, which passed me by completely. A large vat of cottage cheese for breakfast left me curious but untempted. And the morning saw the two remaining sessions with the clergy as their conference ended. There was so much to say (about discipleship, faith at home, the growth, the values, our dreams for the future) and the questions kept on coming.