Church, but not as you know it
Messy Church is an international phenomenon with over 3,500 registered churches around the world. It is a way of being church for families involving fun and it enables people to encounter Jesus in a relaxed space. The five core values of Messy Church include being Christ-centred, for all ages, creativity, hospitality and celebration. These values are at the heart of what makes this way of being church work. It is primarily aimed for people who don’t already belong to another form of church and it generally meets at a time that suits them.
A session typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables.
What we’re working on
BRF’s Messy Church team are continuing to work to help every Messy Church be all it can be by providing training and support to Messy Church leaders and by developing projects that will serve the whole Messy Church network.
We’re working on:
- A pilot of discipleship resources for Messy Churches – we’re working with three Church of England dioceses to pilot new material, as well as working alongside the United Reformed Church, to help all involved with Messy Church to go deeper in discipleship
- Developing training for our volunteer Regional Coordinators – our Regional Coordinators are crucial to ensuring that each Messy Church is well supported. We’re investing in training these volunteers through regional events.
Messy Church Pioneer
Lucy Moore is the founder of Messy Church. She is responsible for developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally through writing, speaking, reflecting and developing Messy projects. She continues to help lead the local Messy Church in her own church.
Before working full-time with Messy Church, Lucy was a member of BRF’s Barnabas team, offering training for those wanting to bring the Bible to life for children in churches and schools across the UK, and using drama and storytelling to explore the Bible with children.