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Posted by Lucy Moore on 08 Sep 2008 (0 comments)

Just off the phone from Helen Mason, who is part of the Messy Church leadership team in Petersfield - a churches together venture. I only rang to see if she could help out with an event... and have emerged with a head full of praise of God and all he's doing through Messy Church in the town.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Aug 2008 (0 comments)

Early Christians in hot climes were thrown to the lions; modern British martyrdom seems to consist of near-death by exposure. In August. In the south of England. We decided to do an outside Messy Church to advertise ourselves a bit in the neighbourhood, so set up shop on the local playing field (with the council's permission.) Picture several acres of desolate wilderness with a Wuthering Heights-type gale whistling over it and one or two solitary dogwalkers braving the elements while everyone else sensibly stayed inside and cheered on our gold medallists in Beijing.

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Posted by Lucy Moore on 14 Aug 2008 (0 comments)

It's always a problem that we lose touch with everyone over the summer so we fixed up a low-organisation event in the garden - campfire and toasting anything possible to affix to a stick.

Despite forgetting to write up a 16 page risk assessment beforehand, miraculously no-one got hurt. Not many turned up - three families plus us, but actually that was great because we actually had time to chat to everyone instead of being swamped.

No-one dead of food poisoning yet - always a plus.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Jul 2008 (0 comments)

After several large Messy Fiestas, it was good to have a cosy intimate gathering at St Andrew's in Paddock Wood near Tonbridge on Saturday. I thought the smaller numbers would mean that we galloped through all the material and would be left twiddling our thumbs at the end of the day - but no, interestingly, the relaxed nature of the day meant that we dwelt more on each part of the programme, not less, and that there was much more opportunity to listen to each other as a whole group, not just in segregated smaller groups.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Jun 2008 (0 comments)

One of the best things about this job is meeting great people and I was glad to remind the people gathered at a school in Ely for a day on fresh Expressions and Children that the people who work with children in our churches are among the most gracious, generous, unpretentious, caring and heart-for-God members of our churches: not in it for the fame, money or glory but purely because of a love for God and a love for children. About 70 such people had gathered for the second annual day on Fresh Expressions, organized by...

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Jun 2008 (0 comments)

We were delighted to welcome some 50 delegates to the Bedford Messy Fiesta on Saturday, about 15 of whom had already started some form of Messy Church, with the rest thinking about it. This time Martyn accompanied me and worked valiantly all day, as did the Children's Adviser Ruth Pyke, for which I am very grateful.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Jun 2008 (0 comments)

Captain Sean Andrews of the Church Army had organized this Messy Fiesta as training for the children's leaders' team of his church but had invited the Churches Together group and friends and strangers from near and far. We were delighted to have 53 guests plus the host team from a range of distance of 'just up the road' to Liverpool, Hull and Rotherham. Two children's advisers had kindly given up the day to come, and Jane counted / discerned eight clergy. We were also pleased to have three or four children...

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 May 2008 (0 comments)

And the rest of the Barnabas Team have been busy with Messy Church as well. Chris Hudson visited one up in the north-east recently and got his drums going... Here is what he writes:

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 May 2008 (0 comments)

It was a long hot haul from Portsmouth to Newcastle for the Newcastle Messy Fiesta, but it was well worth it, with 58 people turning up to enjoy a day of discussion and... well, mess, as we dived into the crafts and somehow managed to keep the carpet clean even if our hands were covered with PVA, paint, ink and sequins. People had come from the local area of course, but also Hartlepool, Carlisle and even Arbroath.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Apr 2008 (0 comments)

It's very exciting to see the different ways churches are adapting the basic Messy idea - my colleague, the estimable Martyn Payne, headed off to sunny Suffolk for a very messy Easter activity day. Here's how it went:

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