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Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 23 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Welcome Marianne Hellgren who is our new Regional Coordinator for north Sweden! Marianne coordinates a Messy Church in the northern Hortlax region and she works for the Diocese of Lulea. Marianne joins Olle Philipsson (east coast of Sweden) in this growing Regional Coordinator team.

Watch out for more Regional Coordinators joining the network! What a blessing to know that even more registered Messy Churches are being prayed for regularly and supported with love and encouragement.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Welcome to Roberta Egli, our new Messy Regional Coordinator in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, US. Roberta helps coordinate a Messy Church at Trinity United Methodist Church, Eugene in Oregon.

Posted by Florence Jones on 22 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Round 7: 'Maximising the Mess' - How to engage teenagers

There has been a lot of discussion about how Messy Church can help to involve people of all ages. If Messy Church is church, then we cannot afford not to provide something spiritually challenging for every individual who comes through the doors to meet with God. Messy Churches have the opportunity to welcome all people, including teenages, to give them the chance to evangelise and to draw people closer to God as well as learning more about God themselves. 

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Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Welcome to Caroline Houghton who is going to support and pray for the Messy Churches in Wirral on Merseyside. Caroline coordinates a Messy Church at St Hilary's Church in Wallasey and is passionate about working with families and making those all- important community connections.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

We've been getting excited about grandparents recently. Maybe it's because Jane and Martyn are now both grandparents themselves, but more likely we've always been fascinated by the unique relationship between older people and younger ones - whether they are related or not. My own children benefited hugely from the church family of surrogate grandparents as they were growing up, when their own grandparents lived a long way away.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 10 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

We love to receive stories of the quiet work that is going on in your Messy Churches. We recently received this information from Karen Stobart:

Kuwakaribisha kila mtu manufaa yake ya kuona wewe hapa (Swahili for 'Welcome everybody it's good to see you here', one of Fischy Music's songs).

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Flo's just given us a sneak preview of the survey responses that have been coming in. Big mistake! I've spent the last half hour weeping. It's been a day full of admin - no bad thing, but rather inhuman and distant. And then, wham! I started to read the comments from the families and leaders who go to Messy Churches.

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Posted by Florence Jones on 06 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

Round 6: 'Maximising the Mess' - How can we encourage discipleship in Messy Church?

Messy Churches are learning about discipleship and how to do it in this Messy context, with families who have never been part of a church before. It's an ongoing process and we haven't yet reached an ultimate solution: we don't think we ever will! But we are learning lots, thanks to the wisdom and generosity of teams around the world who are so pleased to share, and we want to share some tips with you. 

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Jun 2016 (0 comments)

I've just had to fill in a form about what sort of leadership activity I'm engaged in. What on earth will they do with this list? Is this what they mean, I wonder? What would you add or take away as a fellow Messy Church leader?

Q: What type of leadership activity do you consider you are engaged in personally?

Posted by Martyn Payne on 31 May 2016 (0 comments)

'This conference was the richest I have ever attended in terms of content and teaching - the vocabulary of deep theology, vision, church planting, mission strategy and family was the norm, even at breakfast time!'
Liz Hall, delegate

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