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  • 1. What is Messy Church USA?
     

    Messy Church USA is a newly formed nonprofit 501c3 corporation. Messy Church USA has been formed to provide an organizational structure to support the health, growth, and sustainability of local Messy Churches in the USA. In addition, Messy Church USA will assist individual Messy Churches to become an integrated part of the larger national and global network of Messy Churches.

    Messy Church USA is affiliated with the international Messy Church movement, whose home is with the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Christian charity based in Oxfordshire, UK. For more information on the work of BRF. You can read more about BRF here.

    As an affiliate of the international Messy Church movement, a guiding principle for Messy Church USA is that a local Messy Church is not a stepping stone into an existing congregation, nor is it a church plant, but it is a congregation in its own right. Messy Church is ecumenical and seeks to work with all Christian churches.

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  • 2. Why start a Messy Church?
     

    Some Good reasons:

    • We want to make disciples of Jesus through faith formation.
    • The people in our communities who don’t belong to church would enjoy the experience of coming to a Messy Church.
    • We want to share the love of God in Jesus in a way that’s as accessible as possible to families of all shapes and sizes.
    • We believe that the best way for people of all ages to come closer to God is by journeying together.
    • We want to model who Jesus is to those around us.
    • We believe God is in Messy Church and we want to follow where God leads.
    • We think Jesus is the person to give people in our community life in all its fullness.
    • And many, more…

    Some not as good reasons:

    • It’s the latest thing so it must be good.
    • The church up the road is running a Messy Church so we need to or we’ll get left out.
    • The minister says we need one.
    • We need younger people in our church to do the jobs we used to do when we were young.
    • We want to revamp our Sunday congregation.
    • We want to get together for a nice sociable time with crafting and games.
    • It sounds fun.
    • We’re bored with sermons and want to change.
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  • 3. Can I use the logo?
     

    The Messy Church® name and logo are registered trademarks of BRF in the UK.

    Messy Church values are about being Christ-centered, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality, and celebration.

    If your Messy Church subscribes to these values we are very happy for you to use our Messy Church name and logo, so long as this is within certain parameters. We understand that ideas need to be contextualized for your local church/situation and this may therefore involve adapting certain elements of Messy Church. However, we want to ensure that the core values of Messy Church are maintained by churches using the name and/or logo. We would therefore ask that before you call something ‘Messy Church’, you ensure that you’re clear what Messy Church is and that using the name is appropriate in your context.

    There are a few guidelines for using the name and logo: DO NOT at any point change the color or arrangement of the logo. For example, no other words are permitted within the logo. The logo should always appear in its entirety. Do not remove ‘church’ from the log. BRF does not give permission for the logo to be redesigned or modified in any way.

    Repetition and consistency are essential to brand recognition. The Messy Church logo should be placed in a prominent position. Full color and grayscale logos are available. Unless for b/w printing, the color logo must always be used.


    Download the logo.

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  • 4. What are the five Messy Church Values?
     

    Christ-centered: Messy Church is a church, not a craft club that helps people to encounter and enter into a transforming relationship with Jesus. Messy Church believes with the historic churches, in one God who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer (or in traditional language, Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

    All-age: Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together. Every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.

    Creativity: Messy Church uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.

    Hospitality: Messy Church reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside of a traditional church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe place in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together- whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, a full course meal or pizza.

    Celebration: Messy Church reflects a God of joy who wants all of God’s people to have life in all its fullness.

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  • 5. What are the Messy Church Principles?
     

    Messy Church is a church in its own right.  It is not a stepping stone into an existing congregation. It is a welcoming space for those outside of a traditional church for people to build relationships with God, with each other and with their community. Messy Church is not a stepping stone into an existing congregation.

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  • 6. Who are the Regional Coordinators?
     

    Our network of regional coordinators is growing in Messy Church USA. Regional coordinators support, pray and assist as they are able the local Messy Churches within their region. The regional coordinators work closely with the Messy Church USA team leader to resource the healthy growth and vitality of Messy Churches throughout the USA. This is a volunteer position and requires a teleconference interview with both the Messy Church USA team leader and the Messy Church International Regional Coordinator. We realize that there are large gaps in the USA and we look forward to the growth of the regional coordinator network.

    (We are actively recruiting!)

    Current Regional Coordinators in USA:

    California/Hawaii/Southwest -
    Marty Drake

    Leyla Wagner

    Greater Midwest -
    Missy Harrison

    Greater NW (and other areas not listed) -
    Roberta Egli

    Greater Plains -
    Sandee Prouty-Cole

    New York and New Jersey -
    Julie Hintz

    Pennsylvania -
    Anais Hussain

    North and South Carolina -
    Johannah Myers

    Texas -
    Kate Cross

    Virginia -
    Cindy Banek

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  • 7. Why is there a Messy Church USA?
     

    In May of 2016, at the first international Messy Church conference in England, four people from the United States met for the first time. During the several days of the conference, they shared with people from all over the world a passion about how Messy Church had grown in their own local churches and communities. During a breakout session in which people met with participants from their own country, Lucy Moore, the founder of Messy Church, met with the four women from the United States from California, New York, and Oregon. We began to talk and dream about ways to support one another, opportunities to build more networks and ideas of how to provide some structure for the growth of Messy Church in the USA.

    Over the course of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, in consultation with BRF and Messy Church leaders in the UK, we made the decision to form a separate nonprofit organization in the USA. The goal of Messy Church USA is to provide a framework, similar to a lattice that provides structure to growing plants, that will support the expected numerical growth of Messy Church in the US.

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  • 8. What are the Foundational Goals of Messy Church USA
     
    1. Provide training for communities wanting to start a local church
    2. To share best practices of leadership development and faith formation
    3. Provide coaching and consultation services for both new and existing Messy Churches
    4. Provide networking opportunities through electronic newsletters, blogs and website
    5. To work closely with Messy Church UK in recruiting and training US regional coordinators in order for local messy churches to access regional coordinators for local support and training
    6. Plan future regional and national conferences.

    We expect explosive growth in the United States over the next five years and by having an organizational structure, this movement will have a healthy environment for sustainable growth. Messy Church has grown exponentially throughout the globe since it started in one single church in England fourteen years ago. Today, there are Messy Churches in almost 4,000 Messy Churches from 30 different countries. Currently, there are 139 registered Messy Churches within the United States. So, we are just getting started in “Getting Messy in the USA”.

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