The Messy blog

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:

Great Northern Tour

Posted by Lucy Moore on 23 Mar 2010

I'm on the train on my way home from my Great Northern Tour. It's been a really good couple of days, meeting with two groups of regional coordinators - what wonderful warm people they are! Do get in touch with your local one - the list of who is where can be found on the website.

How do you welcome newcomers?

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Mar 2010

Traditionally a warm welcome in church might mean a smile and polite handshake. Jane reflects on the welcome of the Messy Church in Smethwick: I wonder if getting newcomers running relays within minutes of arrival could catch on in Sunday church? Jane writes: 'Today's long-awaited visit to see my local MC in Smethwick was one worth waiting for. Having first met with the vicar some 18 months ago, it was good to go and see what has been developing since starting last September. I was warmly welcomed by a team of MC aprons to discover more about the Last Supper.

Jane in Sutton Coldfield

Posted by Lucy Moore on 16 Mar 2010

Today's Fiesta in Sutton Coldfield was privileged to have Bishop Andrew Watson doing the welcome and introduction. He was excellent. Although he could give only 20-30 minutes before heading off to Deanery Synod, he had taken the time to write something specifically about the values of Messy Church, the reality of 'mess' in people's lives and the way in which God can and does break through in the mess. He is such a gift to us in Birmingham and he really showed his support to Messy Church and BRF in general today.

Three hundred

Posted by Lucy Moore on 09 Mar 2010

Martin, the unsung hero in the BRF office who deals with all the parts of the websites that are shrouded in mystery for me (basically, all of 'em), informed me this month that we now have 302 Messy Churches registered on the Directory. 302! That's a lot of families enjoying themselves in church.