Celebrate the Mess

Celebrate the Mess logo 2020

Celebrate the Mess
October 22-24, 2020

Chicago, IL


We are celebrating our mission to equip local Messy Churches to Start, Sustain and Connect!

Now is the time to gather and CELEBRATE the growth of the Messy Church Network since 2017.

  • Be inspired by the story telling of Messy Church Founder Lucy Moore
  • Learn new songs and dance to your favorites with Scottish songwriter Stephen Fischbacher
  • Hear the stories of wondrous Messy Church successes and spectacular failures from our Regional Coordinators
  • Engage in workshops designed to equip local Messy Churches to (1) start, (2) sustain their vitality and (3) connect with best practices, resources and other messy practitioners
  • Connect with others over meals and Messy Church Experiences
  • Leave the conference with practical ideas, experiences, contacts and new messy friends from all over the United States


October 22

  • Getting Started in Messy Church This optional, Pre-conference Event begins with check in at 8:00 am on October 22 (includes Thursday Lunch). Note: this event is only open to those who are ALSO attending the Celebrate the Mess Conference.
  • Celebrate the Mess begins with check in at 1:00 pm on October 22, 2020. 

October 23

  • Featured speakers
  • Workshops

We couldn’t do Messy Church without you. Our call for workshop presenters is now open. Apply to be a Workshop presenter today.

October 24

  • Featured speakers
  • Workshops

Master Schedule of Events

Meet Our Featured Presenters

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Stephen Fischbacher

Stephen Fischbacher spent the first 20 years of his life in Glasgow and his early career as a youth and children’s worker fostered a strong interest in the emotional and spiritual well-being of young people and their families. When his children came along in the early 90s he started writing songs for them and spurred on by their enthusiasm for the songs, Stephen started to compose songs for an “Activity service” in his church.
Read more About Stephen.

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Lucy Moore

Lucy Moore is the founder and team leader of the Messy Church international movement.  She as in the team that started the first Messy Church. She works for Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a religious charity in the UK,  as the Messy Church team leader. Read more about Lucy.

And many more! Learn about all of our presenters on our presenters page.


Conference Location

Our Conference venue is Northfield Community Church. Learn more about our Official Location.


There are many different options convenient to our conference location. Make your lodging reservation today. You must make a reservation on or before Friday, September 18, 2020 to obtain the group rate. This room block will sell out quickly. Don’t delay in making your reservations.

Ground and Air Transportation

Our venue and hotels are conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport.

Things to Do

Arriving early or staying later? There’s lots to do in the Chicago/Northfield area.