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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!

The Season of Creation

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 20 Sep 2016

Thank you to Sue Taylor at Messy Church at Sherwood Anglican, Brisbane Australia. Sue reminds me that even when you have been using a single prayer activity yourself for a long time, it can cause quite an impact for others. Sue says:

Churches get Messy in The Park

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 06 Sep 2016

Over 200 people enjoyed the Messy Church marquee at the Herrington Country Park with lots of Mess and activities. What a great opportunity to share the Messy Church story and mission with so many people. Well done to the Diocese of Durham and the Messy volunteers! Read all about it here. Have you been out and about sharing the Messy Church mission this summer?

Messy Devon vacancies

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Sep 2016

Calling all Messy Churches in Devon! Devon is a large county and we have ninety Messy Churches waiting for prayer and support! We have divided the region into three areas: North Devon, Exeter and East Devon, South Devon. It is hoped that we can develop a team of volunteer Regional Coordinators in each area to offer support to the many Messy Churches.  God is continuing to grow this all-age ministry and we are hearing such wonderful stories of how God is touching the lives of so many families.

Messy Forces Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Sep 2016

Welcome to Nicola Slater, our new Messy Forces Coordinator! Nicola is a forces wife based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, where she coordinates a Messy Church each month.  Messy patterns of family life, on forces bases, means regularity of events and groups are more difficult, but Nicola believes Messy Church fits in well. There are around fifty RAF stations in the UK and many more army barracks and Naval bases. 

Growing Messy Church in Sweden

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Aug 2016

Welcome to Kerstin Oderhem our new Regional Coordinator in South Sweden.  Kerstin is a Regional Director in the Swedish Evangelical Mission. Kerstin joins the new Swedish RC team along with Marianne (North Sweden); Tin (Mid Sweden) and Olle (West coast of Sweden and National Contact Person). We are delighted with how Messy Church is growing in Sweden and ask you to pray for the new RC team and their plans for training and supporting the Swedish Messy Church network.

Messy Huddersfield region

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 25 Aug 2016

Welcome to Dawn Moore! Dawn is your new Messy Regional Coordinator for the Huddersfield region of West Yorkshire. 

7 Reasons to be thankful for Messy Church

Posted by Martyn Payne on 24 Aug 2016

August holidays can be a good time to step back from the push and shove of routines and do a little reflecting. It’s also for many of us in Messy Church a month off without the urgency of a new session to plan, crafts and activities to prepare, a story to write, a meal to buy for. So, before these lazy days disappear, here are my messy summer reflections - some of the reasons I want to say thank you for Messy Church:

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