Messy Church is an exciting opportunity for existing churches to reach new people. Messy Church started in the United Kingdom and has spread to thousands of locations across the world. It is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration, and hospitality. It has been successfully used to reach new people and cultivate new faith communities in all kinds of contexts.
We are excited to bring Messy Church to the Mountain Sky area with a focus on rural areas as part of our New Faith Community initiatives. We are especially interested in working with churches or groups who want to reach out to growing Hispanic populations in their area. “Fiesta Church” has been successfully used in California and Oregon as a Messy Church variation for bi-lingual and bi-cultural faith communities. However, any rural church wanting to reach new people is welcome to be part no matter who they are.
Messy Churches are most often lay lead and require buy in by clergy and dedicated laity. A robust collection of resources exists to get you started and sustain you as you move forward. We are looking for a up to six congregations who are interested in taking this journey together. You will connect online for mutual support, to share resources, and most importantly pray for each other.
In addition, New Church Development Committee is offering training, group coaching, and up to $1000 financial grants to churches who participate. We have partnered with the new Messy Church USA and Rev. Roberta Egli to provide the training and coaching. The events will be scheduled based on the needs of the participating churches.
If you are interested in being part of this journey or have additional questions please email the Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Developer Jeremy Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The personal mission of Rev. Roberta Egli is to create welcoming space for all to engage with the Holy One in the daily messiness of life. She lives her mission as pastor, spiritual director and retreat leader while balancing the ups and downs of daily life. In the fall of 2013, she led a team to start a monthly Messy Church at Trinity UMC in Eugene OR, where she served as lead pastor. Building and deepening relationships with neighborhood families of all shapes and sizes to share the love of Christ through activities, story, prayer and a shared meal is a basic tenet of the Messy Church worship experience. She attended the first International Messy Church Conference in England with representatives from 30 different countries in May 2016. In 2017 she became a full time Messy Church coach and trainer with Messy Church USA.