Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


Messy Churches are trying out different ways of adding on extras to the actual Messy Church they run in order to help people grow in their discipleship. We need to share these stories so that together we can find the best ways forward for our Messy congregations and teams. It's not about showing off or one-upmanship - it's about trying to enrich the network and give more families the best possible chance of coming closer to Jesus. Your idea might be just what another church has been looking for.
Syl Hunt in Seascale is running Messy Moments as just such an 'extra':

Following on from our 'messy meet-up' with the loyal volunteers that help us run our MC in Morden. We had a discussion how we are able to take some ideas from the book written by Paul Moore on how to make Disciples in our MC.

We had been praying for a way to have a deeper conversation about Jesus with the many families that we come in contact with in our community through playgroup and other programs. We have trialled Messy Church services this year. Next Sunday will be our eighth and we are having a ball!

When we look back over the 100plus people who have attended, approximately 40% are people who would not normally attend our other church services.

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.

Ruth Burrows and her team at Chichester St Pancras Messy Church have been treading grapes and bottling the wine! Definitely a team to go and visit when it tastes better. It takes time for wine to mature, but the new wine of families in this Messy Church is bubbling away in an exciting vintage all of its own, and it's good to see the church is happy to sew new wineskins to contain it.

Ruth shared her thoughts on a year of Messy Church. She writes:

Alstonville Messy Church, Australia

Trent Minton, a Messy friend in New South Wales wrote an encouraging email recently and in it mused on his Messy Church's efforts towards discipleship:

Fifteen sessions for exploring the Christian life with families by Lucy Moore. A new resource for Messy Churches, providing a further 15 sessions focused around key 'Christian basics' themes such as prayer and reading the Bible. There is also an introduction exploring and addressing situations that have arisen in different Messy Churches.

Nancy Rowe from St George's Church, Canada and her church have been growing people from their Messy Church using 'A Spirited Study'. Nancy writes:

Cerys Hughes in Lichfield Diocese and her team have held their first Family Cafe, and Cerys has kindly written about it. If you're thinking about a follow-on from Messy Church, it could be a great inspiration.

Nancy Rowe in Georgetown, Canada, writes about her church's group formed to help people go deeper in faith: