It's official: Messy Church works!
New report from the Church Army Research Unit confirms success of Messy Church across the country
'We celebrate all that God is doing'
Richard Fisher, BRF's chief executive, and Bishop Colin Fletcher, chair of trustees, share Lucy’s delight:
Richard Fisher comments...
‘We are delighted with the Church Army’s Research Unit’s report Playfully Serious: How Messy Churches create new space for faith. It’s a huge encouragement to all of us at BRF and to everyone involved with Messy Church as it has grown to become a vibrant international movement. We celebrate all that God is doing in and through Messy Church and give thanks that this report confirms the impact Messy Church is having on so many individuals and families, from first-time participants to long-term volunteers. Parents, children
‘It’s wonderful to have this
Bishop Colin Fletcher comments...
‘As the Chairman of BRF’s Trustees, I am delighted to read the findings of this report proving, beyond reasonable doubt, the significance of Messy Church for discipleship and the development of lay leadership as well as evangelism. The inspirational faith of both the staff and the trustees of BRF, coupled with the creativity and hard work of Lucy Moore and the immense generosity of a small number of trusts and individual donors, have given Messy Church the opportunity to grow into what it has become today – the largest Fresh Expression of Church in this country. But little of that would have happened without the thousands of lay people and clergy who have grasped the vision for fostering a new form of church – not just an enhanced outreach activity – and giving it the energy it has needed. From reading this report, I thank God for all of them but also, more importantly, I thank the God who enables his church to preach the gospel afresh in each generation.’
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