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Lancashire Regional Coordinator successor

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Jul 2016

Many of you will be aware of the great sadness we felt when Debbie Peatman, Regional Coordinator for Lancashire, passed away this year. Some of you were inspired, by Debbie's words and encouragement as a Get Messy! magazine writer, to have a try at a Messy Communion. Debbie will be missed so much.

New Messy Regional Coordinator for Australia

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 30 Jun 2016

Welcome to Richard Turnbull! Richard is your new Messy Regional Coordinator for Newcastle and surrounds in NSW Australia. Richard coordinates a Messy Church at Toronto Anglican Church on Lake Macquarie where his wife Julie is the vicar. We met both Richard and Julie at the Messy Church International Conference in May.  Richard is our first Regional Coordinator in NSW and we are so pleased to have him join our Messy network.

A Messy weekend camp

Posted by Martyn Payne on 27 Jun 2016

A growing number of Messy Churches are daring to take their Messy families away for a weekend. It's proving a great way to deepen friendships made at Messy Church and to help young and old on their discipleship journeys. Aike Kennett-Brown is our Regional Coordinator in south-east London, working as a Messy pioneer out of St John's, Blackheath. Those of you who were at the Messy Church International Conference in May will have heard her speak briefly about her plans for 'Messy munches' as a way of establishing all-age discipleship groups for her Messy Church families.

Messy Church and sacred space

Posted by Martyn Payne on 23 Jun 2016

Ever since the Messy Church International Conference just over a month ago, I have been wondering about something that George Lings said to us. Maybe you were there or have listened to his talks online since.

More Regional Coordinators for Sweden

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 23 Jun 2016

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.

New Messy Church Regional Coordinator in West US

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Jun 2016

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.

'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: Teenagers

Posted by Martin Gee on 22 Jun 2016

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. 

Messy Regional Coordinator for Wirral

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Jun 2016

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.

Grandparents

Posted by Lucy Moore on 17 Jun 2016

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.

Messy Church activities in Kenya

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 10 Jun 2016

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).

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