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Mess among the Manure

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Jul 2009

Exeter Mess

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jul 2009

Sharing the same air space, albeit merely appearing in the same city on the same day, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, will probably never happen to me again and I shall bask in reflected glory for quite some time. We had both been invited (the Archbishop and I) to contribute to the Diocese of Exeter's 1100th birthday celebrations, he (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury - did I mention it?) to speak in the Cathedral and lead a communion service and I to share some thoughts on Messy Church.


Posted by Lucy Moore on 18 Jun 2009

Telford is Jane's stamping ground, rather than mine, but I'd been asked up by the group running the local Mission-Shaped Ministry course to lead an evening session on 'Children and All Age', so to make use of the time, we added a Messy Church session the following morning: to our surprise, especially given that 60 people were already signed up for a Fiesta with Jane on the Saturday, over 80 people booked for this session, with another 40 having to be turned away. Who says midweek isn't a good time to have events?

Chichester Fiesta and Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 Jun 2009

On Sunday I was privileged to take part in a day of activities with Christ Church Methodist Church in Chichester - a blissfully short distance from home. The morning was a mini-Fiesta for their own church and a church in Worthing who are thinking of starting one, making use of their newly rebuilt hall. The afternoon was an actual Messy Church for local people on the theme of the prodigal son. There were about 30 people at the event - numbers were lower than expected at the Messy Church but that might have been because it was a beautiful day outside!

Mothers' Union and Mess

Posted by Lucy Moore on 11 Jun 2009

It was a privilege to be invited to speak at the Mothers' Union Faith and Spirituality Conference. Not often do I get a Bishop as a warm-up act, either. There are so many links between what we're trying to do in Messy Church and the aims of the MU! And what a resource, what a huge pool of committed people across the UK and overseas, all with a concern for supporting families.

Good advice for Messionaries

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jun 2009

In a conversation about 'results' Colin and Angela Brown mentioned a letter by Thomas Merton to a young activist which makes good sense to all of us trying to 'do' in our Messy Churches. Dear Jim,

Big Lunch

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jun 2009

As food is dear to the Messy heart, here's a great idea to get families eating together in your area: The Big Lunch! You plant food this month with the aim of eating it together at a big lunch party next month on 19 July. (Personally I may have a cucumber ripe but otherwise we'll be eating nothing but stunted basil and the odd nasturtium. Tempting, I know.)

Being and doing

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 May 2009

Here's a big question I was discussing yesterday with our newest Regional Coordinator, Gill Noles: can a church really be facilitated by people who don't see it as their primary place of belonging? Will those leaders always remain in a state of 'doing' activities at it rather than 'being' themselves and building crucial relationships? To make Messy Church 'authentic', would we need to have a core of people who made it their primary church, rather like church planters do?

Prophetic Gardening

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 May 2009

I do hope God isn't being prophetic on me. I had a day off this week and spent the morning labouring in the garden trying to tame the wilderness: blunt axes, sharp saws, secateurs that could take your hand off at the wrist - all vicious stuff.

Growing Leaders in Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 10 May 2009

Lots of thoughts about leadership recently, including: