Significant new research from the Church Army’s Research Unit confirms the serious effectiveness of Messy Church. Playfully Serious: How Messy Churches create new space for faith proves that Messy Church is not ‘just a bit of fun’, as some critics persist in believing. Rather, it is reaching people who weren’t previously attending church, it is growing disciples and it is modelling new patterns of leadership ¬¬– and it is doing so across a wide range of economic and social contexts.
Founded in 2004 by Lucy Moore, and supported throughout its remarkable development by The Bible Reading Fellowship, Messy Church now numbers over 2,800 registered groups in England alone and some 3,500 worldwide. Lucy comments: ‘I’m thrilled that the report recognises what we’ve been hearing from churches for the last 14 years: Messy Church is working… There are so many findings to celebrate… Every page of this report is so full of delights that it’s impossible to list them all.’
For more information, click here. See also: messychurch.org.uk. Read the report here. Read Lucy Moore’s statement here. Hear Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich talk about why he would like to see a Messy Church in every parish in his area here.