The Messy blog

Regional Coordinator for London North East

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 28 Aug 2019

We are delighted that Martyn Payne has agreed to become Messy Church Regional Coordinator for London North East! Martyn retired from the BRF Messy Church team at the end of 2017. Since then he has carried on being Messy, particularly through the leadership of his Messy Church in east London, as well as taking local services of all-age worship and writing for BRF. He enjoys running and walks in the countryside. Earlier this year he led an all-age Tearfund team on placement in Bangladesh for three months and most recently went over to work with refugees in Calais.

Regional Coordinator for West Sussex

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Aug 2019

Welcome Elaine Lambie, new Regional Coordinator for West Sussex. Elaine resides near Horsham and looks forward to supporting the many Messy Churches in this county.

How toilets can change the world

Posted by Anonymous on 18 Aug 2019

If you’re at a festival or camping this summer, you might just miss a few creature comforts – including your toilet. It’s easy to take our smallest room for granted – until we’re caught short or forced to make do with… more modest arrangements. It’s good to remember how blessed we are to have essentials such as clean water on tap and safe toilets.

Research into Messy Churches on urban estates

Posted by Eleanor Bloxham on 07 Aug 2019

Over the last year I’ve had a research project focused on Messy Churches on urban estates. I’ve been aiming to learn more about these Messy Churches, how they can be better supported and what advice would be given by Messy Churches on urban estates to anyone else planning a Messy Church in this context. 

Regional Coordinator for Blackburn & East

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 06 Aug 2019

Welcome Syl Hunt as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Blackburn and East in Lancashire. You may already recognise Syl, as she has been Regional Coordinator for Cumbria for many years. She coordinated the Seascale Messy Church and organised regular Messy Church outdoor events on the beach. Syl also coordinates Messy Men, a Messy Church for the men in Haverigg Prison. Syl now lives back in her home town of Oswaldtwistle and is already planning Messy events! She looks forward to praying for and supporting all the Messy Churches within this region. 

Regional Coordinator for York and East

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 02 Aug 2019

Welcome Lydia Harrison, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for York and East. Lydia will be supporting around 40 Messy Churches and is looking forward to communicating and praying with them and supporting them. Lydia says, 'I'm 32 and married to Mark. My favourite colour is purple and I have a large collection of cuddly cows and other cow-related items. My favourite food is chocolate and cake, preferably chocolate cake! I love music and sing wherever and whenever I can.

Journey of discipleship at St Paul's Carlton in the Willows Messy Church

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 25 Jul 2019

It was so encouraging to hear from Di Skidmore, St Paul's Carlton in the Willows Messy Church in Nottingham. We were so humbled to read her update.

Lucy at General Synod on Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 12 Jul 2019

It was fun to speak in the Synod debate on Mission-Shaped Church 15 years on. Here are the notes for my speech, which you can view on YouTube here. A big shout-out to Sharon Pritchard, who pointed out the Tesco correlation!

New Regional Coordinators for Kirche Kunterbunt in Germany

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 09 Jul 2019

Welcome Reinhold Krebs and Damaris Binder, Regional Coordinators for Germany. Reinhold and Damaris are part of the national Messy Church team, which began this year. In Germany, Messy Church is called Kirche Kunterbunt. They are busy creating regional hubs all over Germany, offering people a Messy Church contact person in their region. They already have four such contact people, who support teams while they start up Messy Churches. During the next year they hope to create four more hubs! How exciting!

Denominational mess!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 03 Jul 2019

Good to hear from Jan Greenough about how she is part of an ecumenical Messy Church: