The Messy blog

Query about teams

Posted by Lucy Moore on 11 Jun 2010

An enquiry came through a little while ago that I don't feel competent to answer: anyone got any thoughts for John?  John wrote:

Wrong again!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Jun 2010

Good job I don't set myself up as omniscient when I'm proved wrong at every turn. What is it about Messy Church that means it never follows the rules? Hmph. All very... messy. A while back the Revd Tim Waghorn from Victoria in Australia emailed asking for my wisdom (choke choke) on how often to run a Messy Church. I pontificated at length about the joys of monthliness and heard today what Tim and his team decided to do. The moral of the tale? Listen to God, not me!


Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 May 2010

What an eventful weekend. I'm writing this in Glasgow airport between flights, and looking out on tarmac seems most peculiar after seeing only peat, lochs and voes for the last four days. I went on Friday with lots of preconceived ideas: that Shetland would be years behind the mainland, that it would be suspicious of outsiders and that it would be just another chunk of Scotland. I was wrong.


Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 May 2010

... and triple oof. Just finished our May Messy Church on the theme of how special each of us is to God - many sparrows glued (the most lurid you've ever seen), many fingerprints printed, biscuit faces iced, balloon men assembled (with much popping and shrieking), prayers prayed, friends made, troubles shared, eyes opened... just another Messy Church.

Matlock Fiesta

Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 May 2010

Jane Butcher (Regional Coordinator in the Midlands) and Chris Rees (Regional Coordinator South Yorkshire), together with our dear friend Helen Proudfoot (Children's Adviser in Derby Diocese) had a great time on Saturday. Jane writes: 'The beautiful town of Matlock in Derbyshire was the location for the first steps and next steps Messy Fiesta. We were joined by twelve people which included one man all keen either to learn about starting a Messy Church or how to develop an existing one.

Christian Resources Exhibition

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 May 2010

We were delighted to be asked by the organisers of the CRE to host a contained stream within the Exhibition on the theme of Messy Church last week. I have to be honest and admit that I had no idea how it would work out and pictured the team miserably twiddling their thumbs in a large, echoing, empty hall. But no - we had well over 100 people signed up to come and well over 100 came and stayed for the whole day!

Teams, food and wisdom

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 May 2010

A wonderful group of Messy Church enthusiasts came to Lee Abbey last year to find out more about Messy Church. One was Alison Thurlow from Yate near Bristol. She emailed with some very good ideas right from the coalface: Working with people from outside the church

Mess and thoughts

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 May 2010

Mary Hawes sent through this blog from Heather Zempel with some thoughts about mess in general in a godly context. I think my posture (point 1 below) is that of instigator, as Heather would agree if she could see my desk at the mo. Heather writes: 'There’s always a connection between mess and transformation, mess is the environment in which the greatest transformation usually occurs.


Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Apr 2010

I'm just back from the Fresh Expressions Associate Missioners' Conference. Lots to ponder and unpack, but for starters, it really is a good thing that Messy Church is so closely tied to Fresh Expressions: it gives us a deeper pool of wisdom to draw on than just Messy Church (check out the FE website for starters) and it gives Fresh Expressions a huge pool of practitioners to see in action on one particular form of fresh expression.

Rural Mess

Posted by Lucy Moore on 31 Mar 2010

Can anyone share some ideas? Sandra from Hoy in the Orkneys is just starting up with Messy Church and could use some solidarity from rural churches. And reading about her motivation and situation, I'd like to send her lots of encouragement and cheering-on for a great start in a tough situation. Not many of us can say we had 7% of our local population at our first Messy Church! Here's her request: