Messy Church: Fresh Ideas for Building a Christ-Centered Community, By Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter
Messy Church
  • Length: 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 15
  • Published: August 11, 2017
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4138
  • ISBN: 9780830841387

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We like the idea of community, but where do we start?

The Messy Church series provides resources to help your church bring together people of all ages and stages of faith, allowing them to experience a creative and fun-filled Christian community. Messy Church, the first book in the series, offers your church a tool to create a unique, come-as-you-are experience built on

  • creativity—allowing space for all to play and create
  • celebration—worshiping God and his redeeming work in Jesus
  • hospitality—sharing a meal where all are welcome

This complete resource helps you share the love of God and his people with families in your community, creating an opportunity for connection and learning in a fun and welcoming environment. With instructions for starting a program at your church, Messy Church includes fifteen sessions for use throughout the year.

Let's get messy!

"Beginning at an ordinary parish with an extraordinary idea, the ripples of Messy Church have been felt across the globe. In this highly anticipated book, Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter tell the story of this creative approach to all-ages worship and community and offer a vast array of ideas for how to use it in your congregation. One read through and you'll be itching to start making church messy!"

David M. Csinos, assistant professor of practical theology, Atlantic School of Theology, founder of Faith Forward, coauthor of Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

"I've seen firsthand the impact Messy Church is having around the world—particularly in places where church participation is in decline. Moore and Leadbetter's passion, creativity, and can-do attitude is contagious. They have created an inspiring and immensely practical approach that is neighbor welcoming, Christ conscious, and fun. It's time to get messy, play, eat, explore God's story, and build community together."

Mark Scandrette, coauthor of Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture

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Lucy Moore

Lucy Moore is the founder of Messy Church, a rapidly growing ministry now in over twenty countries worldwide. Lucy promotes the movement through training and speaking events. Her books include the Messy Church series, Bethlehem Carols Unpacked, The Gospels Unplugged, The Lord's Prayer Unplugged, Topsy Turvy Christmas, Colourful Creation, and All-Age Worship.

Previously, Lucy was a member of Bible Reading Fellowship’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. A secondary school teacher by training, she enjoys acting, walking Minnie the dog, marvelling at the alien world of her two children, and reading eclectically.

Jane Leadbetter

Jane Leadbetter leads the regional coordinators as part of her work on the Messy Church team. With experience in early childhood education, she also worked in children’s ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool for twelve years. Her books include Messy Nativity, Messy Easter, Messy Prayer, and she is the coauthor of Messy Christmas.

Jane is passionate about all ages worshipping together. She is married to Ian, has two grown-up children, and two adopted dogs.