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.