The Messy blog
Church Urban Fund have written a paper on loneliness and how churches can combat this sense of isolation that so many people suffer from. It strikes me that Messy Church might be one small way churches can respond to the challenge of loneliness. In the summary, Tim Burton-Jones writes that the three main findings are:
Group based activities are better than one-to-one interventions
Lucy, Martyn and I were supporting the recent 'Follow' event, last week, with Messy activities and seminars. This Leicestershire event celebrated 150 years of the Church of England Readers. We rapidly realised that what folk wanted was a 'pop in' opportunity to chat about the Messy possibilities in their churches. So we set up an ongoing Messy Clinic so that we could listen, share and advise all day long (and engage all ages with activities on hospitality with clay, wood and marbling!). What a blessing for us!
Welcome to Katie Norman, our latest coordinator with a specialist focus. Katie is our first Messy Vintage Coordinator supporting the wonderful work among older people.
Lucy Moore shares the Messy Vintage story:
Welcome to Emma Parr who will be supporting Regional Coordinators Richard Turnbull and Kaye Lewis in NSW and ACT, Australia. Emma will be our Messy NSW and ACT Support Coordinator as more Messy Churches register with us.
Welcome to Kathy Bland, our new Messy Church Social Action Coordinator!
Kathy has been part of the Leominster Priory Messy Church team since 2010. She is Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Herefordshire and South Shropshire as well as working part-time for the Diocese of Hereford's Young People's Team.
With the current wave of racial viciousness in the post-referendum UK, here are a few suggestions for Messy Church approaches to help people think through the issues.
More than anything, in any of your sessions, encourage people to talk about how they’re feeling and make space to listen to their fears and anxieties. Invite them to suggest what your church might do as a response to your local situation and act on some of the better ideas.
Welcome to Tin Mörk, our new Regional Coordinator for Mid Sweden! Tin joins Olle Philipsson and Marianne Hellgren to support the Messy Churches in Sweden and is keen to discover how things are going for the leaders as Tin works for the Fresh Expressions team in Sweden (New ways of being church).
Welcome to Kaye Lewis,our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator in Sydney - Central Metro in New South Wales, Australia. Kaye joins Beth Nicholls and Richard Turnbull to support Messy Churches on the East coast of Australia.
Welcome to a second Regional Coordinator in Tasmania. Jenny Cowley will become Regional Coordinator for South Tasmania, joining Amanda Nichholas for North Tasmania.
Jenny works for Scripture Union and is an ex teacher. She has worked in Children's ministry for over 30 years and enjoys camps and outdoor adventures.
You can find your Messy Church Regional Coordinator on our website.
Many of you will be aware of the great sadness we felt when Debbie Peatman, Regional Coordinator for Lancashire, passed away this year. Some of you were inspired, by Debbie's words and encouragement as a Get Messy! magazine writer, to have a try at a Messy Communion. Debbie will be missed so much.