Messy baptism misconceptions

In 2016, at St Mary’s Church Grassendale L19 Messy Church in South Liverpool, I overheard a conversation between two Messy Church mothers at the kitchen hatch. One mother exclaimed to another, ‘We won’t ever be able to get our children christened because we aren’t married!’ The other mother responded with, ‘Neither will we as we can’t do Sundays!’

Messy Baptism joy

Standish Methodist Messy Church recently held its first Messy baptisms. Tracey Fitzsimmons, the Family Worker at Standish nr Wigan, also our new Regional Coordinator for Wigan, was delighted with how it went and the baptism family were even more delighted.

A Messy Baptism story that crosses boundaries!

Alison Dare is a Salvation Army minister from Blaydon in Tyne and Wear (north-east England). Recently she sent us the following Messy baptism story that is so encouraging: 'The baptism came about with a mother asking if we could 'touch' her boys as she wanted them to belong to the church. Her partner's family (the boy's dad's family) are Roman Catholic but Clare was concerned that the children wouldn't sit still in church and that they would be made to feel awkward. She asked if they could be baptised at Messy Church because that's their Christian church!

Help us to write a book on Messy baptism - share your stories

If you're holding a Messy baptism or similar 'welcoming' service, I would be very grateful for your help to add to a book that I'm writing to resource those offering Messy baptisms. Either a simple account of what you did, written by you, or the family's responses to the questions here would be very warmly received to make the book as grounded and helpful as possible.

A year in the life of one Messy Church

Just over a year ago I visited St Nicholas Messy Church, Abbots Bromely in Staffordshire. Here in their own words is the encouraging story of what has happened since then. Time has flown since you visited us and we have been meaning for a while to get in touch with you and let you know how our Messy Church has developed.

Church Growth Research

The Church Growth Research paper by Rev Dr George Lings and his team has created quite a stir in the Church of England. It explores the effect of fresh expressions in ten dioceses.

A Messy Christmas Baptism

Alison Paginton, Regional Coordinator in the Bristol area sent us this great baptism account.

Messy Baptisms for the new year

Whoop: good to start blogging again in 2014 with some good news. Not only has Trudi Oliver posted on the Messy Church Facebook page two months ago, one of our Messy Church mums gave her life to Jesus Christ. On Sunday she was baptized along with her two children! Praise the Lord! But our friend and Regional Coordinator Alison Paginton also sent this through:

Messy Church 2

Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community by Lucy Moore. Alongside the usual mix of creativity, fun, Christian hospitality and thanksgiving Messy Church 2 explores the importance of discipleship, faith development and training for leadership.

Baptism and Communion

Anyone got experience of holding Holy Communion in Messy Church or doing Messy Baptisms? We've featured some stories on this blog in the past but it would be good to hear some more.