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Ten ways to be a nice easy Messy Church... or any church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 03 Nov 2016

I was privileged to speak at the Southern Counties Baptist Association this week and shared a few thoughts about 'pop-up' church versus 'proper' church. (I hope you can hear the ironic boom of those inverted commas.) In the process, it was quite fun to collect a list of suggestions for making a Messy Church trivial, superficial and 'frothy'. So, for your delectation and delight, here are ten ways to ensure your Messy Church—or indeed your 'proper' church—stays as ineffective as possible.

Bake Off changes/Congregation changes

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Oct 2016

In the UK, it is the Great British Bake Off final tonight! We await with anticipation to discover whether Candice, Andrew or Jane will be the winner. But then what happens after the end of the series? The TV programme moves to another TV station with different presenters (bar one!) and we wonder what the future holds. We have got used to the pattern and drama that the current presenters bring to each series. Will the change mean joy or disappointment? Will we give it a go and find out and see? Or will we dig our heels firmly into the ground and refuse any change at all?

Messy patience

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 25 Oct 2016

L19 Messy Church was BIG this month! Big in numbers, with over 150 turning up, and big on surprise! We have no idea why so many turned up and the surprise came in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the creativity hour.

Messy Church Does Science - Writer's day!

Posted by Martyn Payne on 21 Oct 2016

For one day at the beginning of October a meeting room in our BRF offices in Abingdon became a messy laboratory! An invited group of dedicated scientists from different disciplines, who are all also involved in a local Messy Church, gathered to share their ideas for the 10 chapters that will make up ‘Messy Church Does Science’.

Regional Coordinator team in Denmark

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Oct 2016

Welcome to Carolyne Rasmussen and Lene Ronne Pedersen who join Karen Markussen as Regional Coordinators in Denmark.  With the growth of Messy Churches in Denmark and the inspiration and enthusism gained from the Messy Church International Conference, Carolyne, Lene and Karen have been Skyping and planning and their roles at the moment will be:

Award for Isle Of Man Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 03 Oct 2016

Congratulations to Nancy Clague, Regional Coordinator on the Isle Of Man! Nancy is one of two recipients of a new annual award, introduced by Bishop Robert. Nancy has been awarded the Bishop Thomas Wilson award for mission. Bishop Wilson was Bishop of the Isle Of Man from 1698-1755 and had the Gospels translated into Manx, so that the populatin could read them. 

Regional Coordinator authorised as a Lay Pioneer

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 29 Sep 2016

Congratulations to Sherida Chambers, Regional Coordinator for Rotherham, who has been authorised as a Lay Pioneer for the Diocese of Sheffield, one of four brand new lay appointments in the diocese.

Regional Coordinator for Wigan

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Sep 2016

Welcome to Tracey Fitzsimmons! Tracey is Regional Coordinator for Wigan, a town and region with complex boundaries and areas, often falling into Greater Manchester or Merseyside or Lancashire. BUT from now on Tracey will support the Messy Churches registered there, tidying them up into a Regional Coordinator Region of their own!

Sitting still

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Sep 2016

For around eight years I have been running around at each L19 Messy Church session. ‘Have you got all that you need?’ ‘Can I help you to find something?’ ‘Thank you for visiting us. Let me show you where to put your pram.’ ‘We’ve run out of paper plates! I’ll just pop out for some more.’ But this month I had to sit still! This month, our lovely regular welcoming family at the Welcome Table awoke to a surprise gift from a family member – tickets to the Davis Cup!

Messy Harvest ideas

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 23 Sep 2016

We have been adding more pins to our Messy Church Pinterest Boards and as we begin the autumn season, in the UK, we have been focusing on the Messy Harvest Board in particular. Enjoy the leafy crafts and activities, fruity recipes, Celebration Time ideas, soup and stews recipes and more!

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