Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


The Messy Church team have put together a 'Maximising the Mess' guide with really helpful advice on discipleship and Messy ChurchHere are ways of exploring and growing discipleship that make sense in a Messy setting.

Reflections from a recent Messy Church visit

No doubt it was because I was deep into Lucy's Messy Hospitality as I travelled to a Messy Church recently that I couldn't help experiencing the visit through the lens of how welcoming everything and everybody was. I was pleased to say this Messy Church scored highly!

Is it just me or do you find that your involvement with Messy Church is beginning to have more of an impact than you could ever imagine?

I suppose more than most I've had the opportunity of being part of lots of Messy Churches up and down the country in my role within the BRF Messy Church team, and maybe this is why I am feeling the impact more, but I don't think I'm alone. Certainly Jane and Lucy in our team feel the same.

I found myself waxing lyrical in a recent email about the oddness of what we're doing in Messy Church. It's a funny time to be a Christian - as to some, this description of church sounds old hat, and to others, it’s incomprehensible.

Great example of God using individuals and various forms of church to draw someone closer to him and to bless them. Thank you to Charles Sugden from Locks Heath for sending it in:

I would just like to encourage you further with a phone call I received yesterday from one of my parish community. Through St John's School he had come with his young daughter to Messy Church and we had got chatting several times as the crafts took place.

Emma Coy is Children and Families Minister at Holy Trinity Claygate. She has been on the leadership team of 4 O'Clock Church since its inception and is enthusiastic about finding creative ways for God's people to learn and worship together. She writes about the extra weekly service that has come from their Messy Church ministry.

Martyn got mathematically poetic recently about discipleship. This is thought-provoking:

In June 2013 we hosted our first Messy Munch.

What is Messy Munch?

This was our first attempt at intergenerational discipleship, aiming to strengthen relationships within our Messy Church congregation, in an informal way.  As we currently meet bimonthly, it has taken time to get to know some of the families on the fringe, and our long-term hope is that these families will not simply see Messy Church as an event that they drop in to if nothing else is happening, but will become part of the Christ-centred community.

Really interesting piece of work by Lichfield Diocese on discipleship in Messy Churches across their diocese. It would be good to read your comments on the results of the survey so do comment below. You can read the review at

Laura Meleleu writes:
I have been running Messy Church at St Paul's Church, Woking since January 2011 and we have had loads of families come along and join in the fun! Last year, we started to think about what we could do for some of these families in order to take them deeper in their faith and take them a step further in their relationship with God.