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Growing team of Regional Coordinators in Lancashire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Aug 2016

Lancashire is a big county! We welcome Rev Mary Ashton, from Euxton Parish Church, who joins Kai Bland as a Regional Coordinator in Lancashire. Mary is an associate vicar at Euxton, where her husband is vicar, and has Messy Church experience from when she was in Guildford. She is enjoying overseeing the family ministry at Euxton since arriving approximately 18 months ago.

Regional Coordinator for Rotherham

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 17 Aug 2016

Welcome to Sherida Chambers! Sherida is your new Regional Coordinator for Rotherham in South Yorkshire. She coordinates a Messy Church at St Francis' in Bramley and is soon to be licenced a Lay Pioneer.

Another kind of church planting

Posted by Martyn Payne on 15 Aug 2016

There’s been some comment recently in the press and on social media about church planting. It’s been in the context of the undeniable need for the church to find ways to retell the gospel afresh in our increasingly secular, post-Christian western world. The articles have however highlighted just one particular approach in the UK to such church planting.There are of course many different models for helping to grow the Kingdom of God and one way isn’t necessarily better or worse than another.

Talking about God during Messy Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 28 Jul 2016

One problem which a lot of Messy Church teams face, is how to talk about God with the families who come to their activity table. Many people simply don't feel confident to mention the G-word. I was chatting about this with a team from the south coast today and one wise person shared the insight that their team find it easier than many to chat about God-stuff, because most of them are in home groups and spend a lot of time there simply taking about God.

Defeating loneliness

Posted by Lucy Moore on 22 Jul 2016

Church Urban Fund have written a paper on loneliness and how churches can combat this sense of isolation that so many people suffer from. It strikes me that Messy Church might be one small way churches can respond to the challenge of loneliness. In the summary, Tim Burton-Jones writes that the three main findings are: Group based activities are better than one-to-one interventions

Messy Brave Ones

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 21 Jul 2016

Lucy, Martyn and I were supporting the recent 'Follow' event, last week, with Messy activities and seminars. This Leicestershire event celebrated 150 years of the Church of England Readers. We rapidly realised that what folk wanted was a 'pop in' opportunity to chat about the Messy possibilities in their churches. So we set up an ongoing Messy Clinic so that we could listen, share and advise all day long (and engage all ages with activities on hospitality with clay, wood and marbling!). What a blessing for us!

Messy Vintage Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 21 Jul 2016

Welcome to Katie Norman, our latest coordinator with a specialist focus. Katie is our first Messy Vintage Coordinator supporting the wonderful work among older people. Lucy Moore shares the Messy Vintage story:

More Messy support for NSW and ACT in Australia

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 20 Jul 2016

Welcome to Emma Parr who will be supporting Regional Coordinators Richard Turnbull and Kaye Lewis in NSW and ACT, Australia. Emma will be our Messy NSW and ACT Support Coordinator as more Messy Churches register with us. 

Messy Church Coordinator for Social Action

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 19 Jul 2016

Welcome to Kathy Bland, our new Messy Church Social Action Coordinator! Kathy has been part of the Leominster Priory Messy Church team since 2010. She is Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Herefordshire and South Shropshire as well as working part-time for the Diocese of Hereford's Young People's Team.

Post-Brexit Messiness

Posted by Lucy Moore on 15 Jul 2016

With the current wave of racial viciousness in the post-referendum UK, here are a few suggestions for Messy Church approaches to help people think through the issues. More than anything, in any of your sessions, encourage people to talk about how they’re feeling and make space to listen to their fears and anxieties. Invite them to suggest what your church might do as a response to your local situation and act on some of the better ideas.