The Messy blog

The Messy Marshmallow Roast

Posted by Lucy Moore on 14 Aug 2008

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.

Messy Fiesta in Paddock Wood

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Jul 2008

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.

Fanning the Flame in the Fens

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Jun 2008

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...

Messy Fiesta in Bedford

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Jun 2008

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.

Mickleover Messy Fiesta

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Jun 2008

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...

Messy Church - Pentecost

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 May 2008

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:

Getting Messy in Newcastle

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 May 2008

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.

Variations on a theme

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Apr 2008

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:

Our first Messy Communion...

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Mar 2008

How very interesting. And moving. And thought-provoking. Amidst great fear and trepidation, we held our first Messy Communion last night at our Easter Messy Church. We had wondered about doing it as an Agape Meal, this having the advantage that there aren't any set Anglican rules and also that everyone would be 'allowed' to have the bread and wine. But in the end we held out for Communion on the grounds that we don't mess around with the Sunday congregation giving them what in churchy terms could be seen as second best, so why should the Thursday congregation miss out?

Back from Lee Abbey

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 Feb 2008

Happy days... just back from a course at Lee Abbey focusing on Messy Church with about 20 wonderful people, ranging from those who were already running their own Messy Church to those who were really there for a nice time by the sea, and why not? It was a lovely group of enthusiastic generous people and we had some very interesting discussions.