Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


Recently, we’ve been receiving a few requests from churches wondering whether it is okay for them to call what they are doing ‘Mini Messy Church, and this has got us thinking as a team. Is the idea of Mini Messy Church a really great idea, or is it something that actually goes against the values of Messy Church?

Discipleship Pilot: ‘Doing what we do even better’

As the third of three blogs on our Discipleship Pilot, this blog explores what we mean by just ‘doing what we do better’.

The second blog post of three expanding a little on the Messy Church Discipleship Pilot. Yes, we’re hoping to tempt you into giving the Pilot a try in your Messy Church and sending us the results. That way we can gradually help the wider network know which are the most helpful ways to do discipleship in our marvellously Messy context.

I hope by now you’ve seen the easy-to-use Discipleship Pilot we’ve created for Messy Churches. It’s a simple and straightforward tool to get your team talking about what you might do to make and grow disciples in your Messy Church. In this short blog, I’ll focus on the first suggestion in it: that of making disciples by encouraging families to do faith in their homes. In following blogs, we’ll look at the other suggestions.

We've been getting excited about grandparents recently. Maybe it's because Jane and Martyn are now both grandparents themselves, but more likely we've always been fascinated by the unique relationship between older people and younger ones - whether they are related or not. My own children benefited hugely from the church family of surrogate grandparents as they were growing up, when their own grandparents lived a long way away.

by Martyn Payne

A look at the intergenerational approach in Messy Church. 

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What a brilliant idea, St Mary's Wotton under Edge in Gloucestershire! Sunday 17 April is Good Shepherd Sunday, this year, and after trying a Messy Nativity Sheep Trail in the past, St Mary's are holding a Messy Sheep Trail leading up to Good Shepherd Sunday this week!

We've been noticing a number of 'extras' added on to Messy Churches. Most of the time we'd roundly applaud the imagination, energy and dedication that goes into organising yet another opportunity in the month to help people encounter Jesus. But just occasionally we writhe a little in angst about whether the development is actually Messy Church or has gone back down a more traditional route.

I had the privilege of speaking at General Synod at the Church of England last week in response to the (very good) paper on evangelism. I thought I had five minutes but actually only had three minutes, so here's the full whack of what I had hoped to say. Your thoughts? To get the ambiance, you have to picture me trying desperately to look nonchalant as I lurk behind a lectern waiting for my turn to speak to a huge chamber full of very awesome people. Nervous? Moi?

We've been alternating between laughter and banging our heads against a wall recently as we've had two emails, which show what an impossible job we're trying to do. One says the activities in Get Messy! are too advanced for the young children coming to their Messy Church, and one says they are too toddler-oriented for the older children at their Messy Church!