A way of being church, for families and others.
Messy Church is Christ-centred, for all ages, and based on
creativity, hospitality and celebration.
Messy Church is a way of being church for families which enables people to encounter Jesus in a relaxed space.
It is primarily designed for people who don’t already belong to another form of church – no matter how ‘messy’ they feel their lives are. Research has shown that 40% of Messy Church families have had little or no prior contact with church and 61% of Messy Church families wouldn’t otherwise be at church.
BRF supports a global network of around 4,000 Messy Churches in six continents.
Latest research confirms Messy Church grows disciples!
A major new report funded by the Church of England has confirmed the effectiveness of this approach in deepening the faith, confidence and commitment of Messy Church leaders and members. A Voyage of Discovery: Deepening discipleship in Messy Churches and beyond is the result of two years’ research conducted by Church Army’s Research Unit working with BRF’s Messy Church team and three Church of England Dioceses.
What we’re working on
BRF’s Messy Church team 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.
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 schools team, offering training and using drama and storytelling to explore the Bible with children in churches and primary schools across the UK.