The Messy blog

The Importance of Belonging to the Directory

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Nov 2009

I thought our Messy Directory would simply serve to help Messy Church leaders, but no! An email from Jenny Martin containing copies of two letters reveals how useful it is for our networked congregations too. So sign up, for the sake of all the Matthews and Daniels out there! Hi Lucy

Women in church leadership

Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 Nov 2009

Just back from a conference where for once I wasn't speaking about Messy Church, except in the all-important by-the-way conversations, but on women, or the lack of them, in church planting. As you know, I'm not a rampant feminist, bras are too expensive to burn, dungarees are too fiddly when you need the loo, and there are so many aspects of church and mission that I would rather be thinking about.

Research

Posted by Lucy Moore on 13 Nov 2009

Just a quick note on how the research into Messy Church is panning out. As you know, we very much want to reflect on all that's happening in Messy Church so that we practitioners and the Church as a whole learn from it, have solid cause for rejoicing, can discern helpful ways forward and generally continue to grow the kingdom in wonderful ways.

Messy Tea

Posted by Lucy Moore on 11 Nov 2009

Discipleship? Training? I'm not sure what Messy Tea would best fit into - it's such early days that it might be better not to pigeonhole it yet. It's our attempt to grow Messy Church here in Cowplain.

Last night at Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 23 Oct 2009

We changed a few things last night at our October Messy Church: we decided at Messy Tea that the opening half hour was becoming a little stale and limp, so we had just a handful of games out and turned the focus on to one big, easy activity for everyone to come and join in with as they arrived. We also had a more organised welcome table and only one entrance, so everybody was greeted by name or, if we didn't know them, by a friendly face. Both of these gave a lot of energy to the start time. We also asked the team to come and chat more, rather than setting up their crafts in that time.

Small talk

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Oct 2009

One discussion the regional coordinators had at the Round Table in September was about the value of small talk at Messy Church. One person even went so far as to say it can be sacramental and should be valued as such.

Family Teams

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Oct 2009

Another idea that popped up at the Round Table is to ask a family to run a craft together. This means that the separate family members get to cover for each other so they don't miss out on all the activities on offer; they'll need to talk and work together to plan and prepare their activity - i.e.

Lee Abbey

Posted by Lucy Moore on 19 Oct 2009

Spent last week at Lee Abbey in beautiful North Devon, leading a stream on Messy Church for about 20 people who varied between those already running a Messy Church to those who had never heard of it and just fancied a week at Lee Abbey. It's a great place to think about all the Messy Church themes, as the community puts so many of them into practice.

Denmark gets Mess!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Oct 2009

Just back from a joyful weekend with Danes from all over Denmark - from up in the north where two seas meet, to Copenhagen in the east, over to the island of Bornholm right out in the Baltic Sea. Nearly 150 church and children's leaders had trekked over land and sea to hear about Messy Church at the launch of the Danish translation Messy Church - for hele familien.

Meeting with Bishop Graham Cray

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Sep 2009

It was really good to spend a couple of hours today with Bishop Graham Cray, the CofE Bishop of Fresh Expressions. He is passionate about all God's doing through the movement and very supportive of Messy Church within the wider picture. For me personally, and for you too, I hope, it was great to be encouraged and affirmed in what we're doing in the Mess, and reassuring that the Church 'owns' and 'recognises' Messy Church to such an extent.

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