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Welcome to Jenny Carver, who is our first Messy Church Regional Coordinator in Adelaide, South Australia. Jenny will be praying for and supporting the registered Messy Churches in Adelaide but particularly in the south of the city. It is hoped that a team of Regional Coordinators will be developed.

You can find your Messy Church Regional Coordinator on our Messy Church website.

Welcome to Sharon Catchpoole, our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Metro-Outer East Melbourne in Victoria, Australia! The growing team of Regional Coordinators in Victoria are keen to pray for and support the Messy Churches in their regions. Sharon has lots of experience as a coordinator at St Hilary's Church.

Planning, setting up, running and then clearing up after Messy Church is hard work! It's usually so full on that finding time in all that busyness to pray can be a challenge. In a recent short video clip about prayer Lucy, Jane and I talked about this and made some suggestions which we hope were helpful.

A story to share from Revd Sarah in Bolton:

I just wanted to share something our Messy Church did last week. 

Both Messy Churches are run after school on school premises. It does put us at the mercy of school sometimes but we manage and the schools try really hard to accommodate us. 

Welcome to Viv Binns who is the new Regional Coordinator for the New Forest and Hordle region of Hampshire. Viv brings vast experience to the growing Hampshire team of Regional Coordinators, and she looks forward to contacting the registered Messy Churches and offering support and prayers. Find your Regional Coordinator on our website.

Welcome to Liz Hopkin, who is the new Regional Coordinator for Warwickshire!

Welcome to Rev Beth Nicholls, our new Regional Coordinator for Brisbane South and Gold Coast. Beth joins the Australian Regional Coordinators network at a time when we see rapid growth in the numbers of new registrations in Australia. There are growing numbers, especially on this Eastern side of the continent.

Welcome to Mandi Davies who is our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Bury and Rochdale in Greater Manchester. Mandi is the coordinator at All Saints, Stand Messy Church and enjoys encouraging all ages together as an ALM in the Diocese of Manchester. Contact Mandi if you need her prayers and support. You can find your Regional Coordinator on our website.

There’s a big difference between the tingle and terror that zaps around the team just before your first ever Messy Church and the less urgent feeling just before your 45th month of Mess. It’s only human – human beings thrive on novelty and innovation, so when things settle into a routine, it can be hard to keep on believing in it in your heart as well as in your head. It can be hard to muster up the energy, to feel thankful to God, to feel inspired to make the most of every minute of the Mess.

It's very exciting to see the Messy Church Regional Coordinator network growing, but to see it growing in Australia is awesome when you think of the vast distances between the regions. In Victoria Chris Barnett is plotting and dividing and finding wonderful, passionate people to support this growing Messy ministry.

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