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Messy furniture

Posted by Martyn Payne on 03 Apr 2017

During my most recent Messy visits, I have found my attention drawn to something that can often be pivotal to the success or failure of running a good Messy Church. It may sound trivial when I tell you what that is, but in my experience it holds the key to solving some of the challenges we face in the activities, at the celebration or over the meal. The truth is that so many of those problems boil down to a question of... the furniture! Yes, furniture! Let me try and explain…

New Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 29 Mar 2017

Welcome Rhian Bridgens, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire in South Wales. Rhian is coordinator of Waterfront Community Church Messy Church, Swansea.

Derby and South new Messy Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 14 Mar 2017

Welcome to Ruth Attwood, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Derby and South. Ruth is keen to communicate with all the Messy Churches registered in this region of Derbyshire to offer prayer support, communicate all things Messy and encourage them in their Messy mission! Ruth is Coordinator at St Wystan's Messy Church in Repton. She says:

Messy Shetland & Orkney

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 10 Mar 2017

Welcome to Rachel Brown your new Regional Coordinator for the Shetland Islands and Orkney.  Rachel works for the Salvation Army in Lerwick as the Community Development Worker. Rachel's association with Messy Church began in Kirkwall, Orkney, where she began a Messy Tots. She has introduced a similar group to Lerwick and helps out at neighbouring Messy Churches. 

Being a learner as well as a helper

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Mar 2017

I wonder what’s going through the minds of your Messy Church team just before everyone arrives?! There will of course be the inevitable last minute panic about resources or food, and whether the craft will work. There’s bound to be the usual nervousness around whether anyone will turn up this this month. And you will probably also have some first-timers on the team who need reassurance that this really is going to be fun! But digging a bit deeper, what else might be in the mind of your trusted and faithful team?

Mess as mystery

Posted by Lucy Moore on 24 Feb 2017

While most of the people who read the Messy Church blog will, with me, rise up in ire, wielding a pitchfork at the description of Messy Church as ‘a brand of work with children’ (yes, I share your pain), Bishop David touches on something important about the value of messiness to the way we are church together. 

A New French Connection

Posted by Martyn Payne on 17 Feb 2017

Despite Brexit, Messy Church is doing its best to maintain the ‘entente cordiale’! Last month I met up with Marie Billon who is a journalist based in this country working for Reform Magazine in France and I took her along to Messy Church in north east London.  She was interested to write an article about this new style of church that is taking the western world by storm, although to be fair there aren’t any Messy Churches that we know of yet in France.

The Synod Speech That Never Was

Posted by Lucy Moore on 16 Feb 2017

Alas, despite bobbing up and down like a rare ornithological specimen, I wasn’t called upon to contribute to the debate on the ‘Setting God’s People Free’ report about lay people in the CofE. So here is what I would have said. You’ll have to imagine the riotous laughter, standing ovation, thrown roses and subsequent calls of ‘Encore!’ that would no doubt have met it.

Thoughts from New Zealand

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Feb 2017

Since the Messy Church forum held in November last year, I continue to reflect on the issues raised by centre/edge tension. This is something that we all face, to a greater or lesser extent. Here are my musings!

Let's go Dutch!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 Feb 2017

We're delighted to announce that BRF has just finalised an agreement for JOP, the organisation behind Kliederkerk, to be the official 'home' for Messy Church in the Netherlands! We've known the Kliederkerk team for well over a year now and they are a total delight to work with, and great believers in cake, so we are all very happy. The work began with Martine and Jonna, whom many of you met at the Conference last year.

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