Some people may have the false assumption that they need to ‘have their act together’ before they can belong to a church. In using Messy in the title for this church, we acknowledge that we have messy relationships, messy life circumstance and messy families yet we are all invited to encounter the extravagant love of Christ, exactly how we are. We do not need to ‘change’ before we can experience a welcoming community of faith in Messy Church.
Lucy Moore, the founder of Messy Church wrote about the Messy name in a 2015 blog post. “‘Messy’ is saying that God is interested in people and families who are ‘messy’ rather than perfect; that Jesus spent time with outsiders, ‘sinners’ and social misfits more happily than with the orderly (religious people of his day), some of whom seemed to live neatly by the rule book and didn’t appear to need God as urgently as the ‘outsiders’… But Messy Church says ‘We’re all messy, our lives aren’t perfect, our families and children aren’t perfect and we believe the best space for God to deal with us in our messiness and disorder is in church. Come and join us.” (Read more here)