Aike Kennett-Brown to take the reins from Lucy Moore
We’re delighted to announce that Aike Kennett-Brown, a longstanding member of the Messy Church family, is to take over as ministry lead from Lucy Moore, who moves to a new post with the Church of England in early 2022.
Aike is superbly well-placed to take on this strategic role, having already made a significant contribution to Messy Church for many years and at all levels, from local volunteer leader right through to the specialist teams working at national and international level. There could be no better preparation for this critical role, leading a ministry that encompasses thousands of official Messy Churches in 30 countries.
A wealth of Messy Church experience
As a local Messy Church leader, Aike’s passion for intergenerational church was already evident as she organised creative initiatives to grow intergenerational relationships, including a small, experimental discipleship group, about which she presented a paper at the first Messy Church International Conference.
Visionary, innovative, committed
That innovating spirit has been just as evident in her current role as mission support officer for the diocese of Southwark, where she has championed and equipped parishes in their children’s, youth and family work. Here she masterminded Messy Celebrations at Southwark Cathedral, delved into Messy Communion and Baptism, and hosted Messy Prayer activities in Trafalgar Square (with the diocese of London).
Thankful for God's provision
At this crucial point in the growth of the Messy Church ministry, we could not be more thankful to God for his provision of such an experienced and gifted leader. For some years Aike has generously shared her wisdom and skills with the Messy Church network, volunteering initially as regional coordinator and then as a member of two national and international support teams training and coaching Messy Church leaders.
We look forward to seeing what God has in store as Aike takes the reins from Messy Church founder Lucy Moore and steers the ministry into the years ahead.
'Sustainable, intergenerational, discipleship'
I look forward to meeting new and familiar faces, particularly at the third Messy Church International Conference in May 2022. God gave me three words for Messy Church as I fasted and prayed ahead of my interview: sustainable, intergenerational and discipleship. I look forward to exploring these areas together during this next season.