The Messy blog

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.

Money!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 31 Jan 2008

Back on 28 November 2007 I wrote about applying for money from the Diocese to do some pioneer work on discipleship with Messy Church families. We've been granted it! This is very wonderful and completely terrifying. No excuse now to put off doing anything about developments, so the whole area of 'But it might not work / it could all go horribly wrong / what if no-one wants to do it? / we might FAIL' suddenly rears its ugly head like a mythological monster.

Children's Ministry Conference

Posted by Lucy Moore on 29 Jan 2008

What fun it was (as well as a privilege) to speak about Messy Church at the Children's Ministry Conference again this year. A lovely crowd of people, most of whom seemed not to have come across Messy Church before, so very enterprising of them to come to a seminar on it when there was so much else on offer. Even my panic at running a PowerPoint on someone else's hardware were dispersed by Graham Nunn stepping in nobly with his laptop and generously playing the role of glamorous assistant for the hour. So all I had to do was enthuse.

The Directory

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Jan 2008

I'm well chuffed with the steady trickle of Messy Churches coming on to the Directory. This will be really useful, both so that we can pray for each other and as people try to find one near them to visit... ... especially as I foolishly didn't write down the addresses of the Messy Churches I found by googling a while back, and when asked actually to send details of one I'd mentioned in Coventry, couldn't find it again.

Foiled again!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Jan 2008

Oh dear. My cunning plot to save frantic ringing round the planning team at the last minute each month, saying desperately, 'We have to plan Messy Church tonight. Can you come?' has not got off to a good start. It should have been simple! A little plan with the date of the Messy Church, the planning meeting and the subject for each month, all ready to be jotted down in diaries. I should have been worried when D rang to ask if we had a meeting that night, as she hadn't heard anything.

End of Term Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Dec 2007

We really thought there would be no one this month - well, perhaps a faithful few. Messy Church was scheduled to be on the day after the last day of term for most local schools. It had to be then, as the week before was filled with Christmas events at school and church - Carol services, concerts... you know how it is. A quiet Messy Church would be no bad thing, as we were all exhausted.

Messy Merchandise

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Nov 2007

My two brothers have come up with the idea of producing some merchandise with a Messy Church logo on. Unlike them, I run whimpering for the hills at the thought of commerce, but something in me does warm to the idea of providing the possibility of good quality stuff that would a) be actually useful at Messy Church sessions b) would go back into homes and help families feel that they belong to the Messy Community by reminding them of its existence.

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