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Southwark Diocese in Messy Church first

11 months, 1 week ago

The Diocese of Southwark is pleased to announce that it has become the first Diocese to enter into a ground-breaking partnership with BRF’s Messy Church (The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) is the home of Messy Church). The agreement, which will see BRF provide consultancy services and advice to parishes in the Diocese through Lucy Moore, who helped set up the first Messy Church, and is the first of its kind with a Church of England Diocese.

Lucy’s role will be to help the Diocese to start new Messy Churches and develop existing ones over a three year period, through training and events at all levels of the Diocese, and establishing structures to enable Messy Church to continue to grow and flourish within the Diocese of Southwark.

Canon Will Cookson, Diocesan Dean of Fresh Expressions, says “I am very excited that we have signed this agreement with BRF. Messy Church is a very important fast growing and worldwide fresh expression of church. The proactive and collaborative approach that this new agreement brings will enable Messy Church to thrive in our Diocese and, we hope, be an example to others”

Lucy Moore, Messy Church Founder and Team Leader at BRF, says “BRF is excited to partner with the Diocese of Southwark, cheering on, supporting and training the Messy Churches that are already happening there and helping new Messy Churches as they get started. This pioneering opportunity aims to maximise the impact and difference that Messy Church can make to local families, many of whom have never belonged to a church before.”

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said “I am delighted that Southwark is the first Diocese to enter into this new kind of partnership with BRF. I commend this Messy Church resource to the Diocese and I look forward to it becoming a vital part of the way we share the good news of Jesus Christ throughout South London and East Surrey”