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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.

Messy Cumbria excitement

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 23 Nov 2016

I joined the Diocese of Carlisle and Methodists in Cumbria and Lancashire recently. I met wonderful missional Messy Church leaders, teams and enquirers at a training day and launch. Bishop Rob Freeman, Bishop of Penrith, launched the Messy Cumbria initiative which invites Messy Churches to become core members of Messy Cumbria, irrespective of what denomination they are.

Safety First Doesn't Work

Posted by Lucy Moore on 21 Nov 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury says some very helpful stuff in a filmed interview with Barry ‘Subtle Shirts’ Hill for the Fresh Expressions gathering. One phrase which stood out for me is the encouragement to take risks: ‘Safety First doesn’t work these days.’ He’s not talking about leaving the hot glue gun out for the toddlers to play with, but rather an encouragement to try new things and not get our knickers in a twist if – when – we fail. It’s a real permission to be brave and say, ‘What if we….?’

Regional Coordinator for North Wales - East

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 17 Nov 2016

Welcome to Norma Mollard as our Regional Coordinator for North Wales - East! Norma is on the Messy Church team at St Matthew's Church, Buckley in Flintshire. She is retired, but more than busy looking after her animals and enjoying her voluntary work. Norma cares for a new puppy, a cat, hens, a tortoise and more. Norma is also an organist and has been fully engaged in her local church life.

Angel Go!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 16 Nov 2016

Jo Birkby is the Children and Families Worker at Holy Trinity & St Saviour's Churches, Knaphill with Brookwood in Woking, Surrey. Jo has recently had a God-inspired moment, leading to a family community activity, similar to the Messy Nativity Sheep Trail but with a trendy twist! Messy creativity at it's best! Jo says:

Messy Pet Blessing Down Under

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 15 Nov 2016

Western Australia Regional Coordinator Rev Greg Ross recently shared the good news of St Augustine's Messy Church first Messy Pet Blessing in Bunbury Western Australia.

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