The Messy blog

Making the Messy most of your building!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Jan 2020

A delightful account from Sharon Sampson and the Chearsley Messy Church team of how to make the most of a not-at-all Messy medieval church building! Sharon writes: 'I am sure there are churches up and down the country who would love to run a Messy Church but feel that they just don’t have the space. In our little medieval village of Nether Winchendon, there is no village hall or public space apart from the 13th-century church.  

The months of the year ahead

Posted by Lucy Moore on 01 Jan 2020

'On the first of every month, present to the Lord a burnt offering.'Numbers 28:11

Mess in Ministry

Posted by Lucy Moore on 09 Dec 2019

It’s a privilege to sit and listen, as I have done recently, to people doing ministry faithfully, generously, unpretentiously but confidently in their local community and church. If you need an example of effective lay ministry, Messy Church simply provides it, unambiguously and across all sorts of situations.

Messy Church Regional Coordinator - Netherlands

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 25 Nov 2019

We welcome Iris Goudkamp as Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands. Iris is part of the national Dutch Messy Church team. She has been involved with Messy Church since 2015 and recently began a new job responsible for starting and supporting new Messy Churches. So, if you are wondering whether Messy Church is something for your church in the Netherlands, contact Iris and find out!

Regional Coordinator for Dumfriesshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 20 Nov 2019

Welcome Renita Boyle as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Dumfriesshire in Scotland! Renita returns to this role after a break and is keen to support and pray for the Messy Churches in this region.

Gathering of West Sussex Messy Church teams

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 16 Nov 2019

Elaine Lambie, new Regional Coordinator for West Sussex, recently held her first Messy Meet-Up. Over 30 people gathered together to explore the Messy values, to share stories and good practice and to encourage each other. Among the Messy Churches were representatives from Billinghurst, Warnham, Chichester, Partridge Green, Horsham, Lancing, Fernhurst, Fishbourne, Worth, Sompting, Storrington, Wisborough Green and South Crawley. 

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cheshire East

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 12 Nov 2019

Welcome Melissa Wearden as the new Regional Coordinator for Cheshire East. We are delighted that Melissa will be praying for and supporting the Messy Churches in this region.

Seriously Messy - Remembering

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Nov 2019

As the UK enters the week when we hold Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, we also hear that services to remember loved ones are growing faster than any other kind of service. For some, talking about dying matters can be so difficult that it is avoided and sometimes surpressed.

New Regional Coordinator for Cumbria - South Lakes

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Nov 2019

We welcome Revd Graham Ransom as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cumbria - South Lakes! Graham is a Methodist minister, currently serving in the South Lakes Circuit, which includes some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Married to Gillian, with three grown-up daughters and a granddaughter, he helps organise monthly Messy Church in Ulverston Methodist Church.

Quiet Days at a distance - Zacchaeus

Posted by Lucy Moore on 04 Nov 2019

‘God who rescues’ and Messy Church Martyn Payne Who doesn’t know and love the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19? It’s a Sunday school favourite, of course, but have you ever wondered what God might be saying to us in Messy Church from this story?