8 ways to keep young adults out of your church

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

In his blog Norman Ivison writes, “I realise that the church, called to be counter cultural, shouldn’t always pander to the wants and desires of the predominant culture. If it did we would have pews full of Christians singing cheesy Victorian hymns, separating church life from real life and having very convoluted and formal ways […]

Messy Church Canada May Newsletter

Posted by on May 15, 2012

Hi Everyone! Had a wonderful time in the UK meeting with Lucy Moore and the Messy Church team!  Andy (my hubby who some of you have met) and I are working on creating a Canadian MC disk that will include video clips of Messy Churches here, a video interview we did with Lucy, and materials […]

Messy churches attract young families

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012

“”We need to messy-up the way we do church in order to reach young families,” say Sue Kalbfleisch and Nancy Rowe.” In a recent telephone interview with Christian Week, Fresh Expressions Canada Vision Day Coordinator Sue Kalbfleisch spoke about the meesy Church outbreak . “There are Messy Churches springing up in every province,” she adds. […]

Starting & Restarting Community in Every Generation

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011

This is a workshop given by Melissa Graham Burke at the Vital Church Planting Conference 2011.

Messy Fiesta, Burgessville, ON

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011

A Messy Fiesta in Burgessville On Saturday, January 29th, thirty-four parish leaders (clergy and lay) braved the wintry weather to attend a Messy Fiesta (a Messy Church workshop from 10 to 3) at the Burgessville United Church in Burgessville Ontario led by Rev. Nancy Rowe and Susan Kalbfleisch. The day began with everyone participating in […]

“this God thing” at the Hard Stone Cafe

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011

The Hard Stone Café (HSC) began at St. John’s (Stone) Anglican Church, in Saint John, NB, in 2002, as a connection point for youth, aged 13– 18yrs, and in particular for youth without a prior connection to church or Christianity.  This was one program in an umbrella of programs created to engage the community directed […]

Contemplative Prayer Drumming – oxymoron or fresh expression?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010

Behold! Something stirs in the English countryside… “Tanworth-in-Arden is a small rural parishbetween Birmingham and Redditch. Paul Cudby, vicar of St Mary Magdalene church, explains what they are doing to reach those who don’t ‘do’ church.” read more

skate church starts second season

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010

What started out as a problem, turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for the the people of  St. James the Apostle Church in Perth ON.  Many people know the story having seen the video, “Skater Church”, online, or at Vision Days across the country. Reaching out to the skateboarding community in Perth was not […]

Lucy's messy Canadian adventure!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010

Lucy Moore, (inventor of Messy Church,) touched down in Vancouver in June, for ten days of Canadian messiness! Shortly after arriving home in Cowplain, Hampshire, she wrote this in her blog. “The flight home was in the company of a young Canadian figure skater come to train for the summer months at Nottingham ice rink. […]

2 Messy Fiestas

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

“I found the Messy Fiesta event to be exciting and inspiring. With remarkable joy and creativity, Christian worship/education was offered in an inviting, open-minded atmosphere, with wonderful intergenerational appeal. It has huge potential as a means for inviting and welcoming those who are spiritually hungry, but not attracted to a traditional way of doing church. We are delighted at the prospect […]

Skater Church, Perth Ontario

Posted by on May 5, 2010

St. James Anglican Church’s new ministry ‘Skater Church’ meets twice weekly in the church hall with over 60 participants comprising children and youth.  Check out the new video here!

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010

fresh expressions canada update january 12 2010 A very Happy New Year to all of you, and especially to those in the Diocese of Ottawa who have recently joined this list following various Fresh Expressions-related events in your diocese. It is already shaping up to be a busy year for Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA), what […]

FXca Stories: Church Member Inspired at Vision Day to Explore Fresh Expressions

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009

I went to the Fresh Expressions Vision Day at Christ Church, Campbellford and I was inspired.  That very next day (Sunday) I did a survey of St. Alban’s, asking questions like what’s your favourite style of music, favourite movie, hobbies, services…. It turned out that a fair # of folks like knitting and crocheting.  So….to […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church Round Table – September 14 & 15

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. We arrived at Wycliffe Hall (Anglican Theological College at Oxford University) at noon for an intense 24-hour time of worship, prayer, workshops, conversation, sharing, review and discernment for the future of Messy […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Fresh Expressions of Worship

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Sue and I first visited Emmanuel Church in Loughborough in the mid 90’s. Back then it had a traditional interior, dark pews, an organ and a piano. It was a Sunday when […]

FX Pilgrimage Liveblog: Messy Church with founder Lucy Moore

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch travelled to the UK in September 2009 to explore fresh expressions of church, and are liveblogging their travels here. Andy and I were warmly welcomed by Lucy Moore and her husband, the Rev’d Dr. Paul Moore (Vicar of St. Wilfrid’s Church) for lunch, great coffee, and a time to chat about […]

Churches along the Ottawa get Messy!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009

“The Anglican Churches Along the Ottawa” tried something new. It was a movement that came out of nowhere and re-lit their torch of faith. It is called “Messy Church”. The first Messy Church we put on at Holy Trinity, Hawkesbury, on July 23rd was a tremendous success…over twenty children together with their parents & grandparents […]

What Nick Offers

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009

As team leader of Fresh Expressions Canada, Nick is in a unique position to provide an introduction to Fresh Expressions, which started life in England as an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Methodist Council in 2004, with a brief to encourage churches all across England to establish new congregations and […]