The Messy blog

MakeLunch

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Feb 2017

In the UK around 1.7m children are registered for Free School Meals. Many rely on this as their main meal, or in extreme cases only meal, of the day. When schools stop for the holidays, so does the food and children are going hungry. MakeLunch partner with churches and communities to help feed hungry children in the school holidays. Running MakeLunch in the holidays alongside Messy Church is a brilliant way of connecting with families in your community throughout the year.

When running a Messy Church becomes testing

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Feb 2017

'Oh no, Dave’s not available this month for Messy Church and possibly for the next two months because of the operation; Doreen’s taking a break because of pressure of work; and it looks like Karen’s cold is turning into flu, so she might not be there either. We’re going to be really pushed to have enough people to staff the activity tables and prepare the Messy meal this month. Good job we can always rely on Peter to tell the Bible story. But what if….'

Diocesan report on Messy Churches

Posted by Lucy Moore on 27 Jan 2017

Guildford Diocese has taken the trouble to write a report on Messy Church in their diocese. They've done so because the Church Army Research Unit found that Messy Church is such a significant part of their fresh expressions scene.

Regional Coordinator for Rochester

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 24 Jan 2017

We are delighted that Caroline Clarke will continue to support the many Messy Churches in the Rochester region. Caroline was assisting Canon Jean Kerr, our previous RC, before her recent retirement. She will now become the Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Rochester, where she is the Diocesan Community Engagement Adviser and CreditWise Team Leader. Contact Caroline for prayer and support.

Forest of Dean Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Jan 2017

Welcome to Sandie Bradley who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire! Sandie loves communicating and encouraging and we are delighted that she has agreed to take on this role.

Capital Coordinator!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Jan 2017

Welcome to Julie Gear who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Canberra/Goulburn NSW in Australia.  We are delighted that Julie joins the growing team of RCs in Australia. Julie is married to Ross and mother to Isaac, Jonah and Amos. Julie and Ross are associate pastors of Rocky Hill Church in East Goulburn New South Wales. Over the past nine years, in Melbourne and Bega, Julie has been involved in leading a Mainly Music group, has been a children's and families minister, coordinated Sunday Club and set up a Messy Church.

Announcing our new Messy Science Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 11 Jan 2017

How wonderful that in conjunction with Messy Church Does Science, the funding awarded to the project, the resources connected to it, and the excitement as we consider experimenting in our Messy Church sessions, we can announce Revd Dr Dave Gregory as our Messy Science Coordinator!

40acts

Posted by Lucy Moore on 10 Jan 2017

Enjoy a free downloadable session of Messy Church from the good people at 40acts! We produced this to go with their other amazing resources for Lent around Romans 12, with the theme of Messy Generosity. Giving is part of Christian discipleship, however old or young we are. Enjoy! Sign up and get your copy now!

Prayer

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Dec 2016

A Messy team from five churches put on Messy activities at the Ageas Bowl Christmas Festival, with the brief of making sure the real meaning of Christmas was a prominent part of the festival. Phenomenal amounts of gingerbread Marys (with marshmallow bumps) were created, ride-on donkeys made even the most cynical materialistic families giggle, and well over 150 Advent candles and candle holders have gone back into homes with Jesus evident either in sticker form or as 'light of the world'.

Messy Baptism joy

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 02 Dec 2016

Standish Methodist Messy Church recently held its first Messy baptisms. Tracey Fitzsimmons, the Family Worker at Standish nr Wigan, also our new Regional Coordinator for Wigan, was delighted with how it went and the baptism family were even more delighted.

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