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Ecosystem Church

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 May 2017

There was a cracking Radio 4 programme about Sherwood Forest recently, in which the forester was looking at one of the ancient oaks. The reporter gushed about how beautiful it was. The forester replied something like this: 'Yes, I suppose it is a beautiful thing in itself. But it's most important for the variety of life it supports. That's why we've propped it up with massive buttressess and put a girdle round its trunk – to keep it going a few more years until the young oak trees we've planted grow up and can start supporting those different species of life themselves.'

Making Messy disciples

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 May 2017

I can hardly believe that it’s been a year since our International Messy Church conference! What a tremendous three days they were; and we’re still all benefiting from what was shared and experienced then, including Messy Moment videos from friends far and wide, an increased connectedness across the world and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s encouragement to us to be ‘pushing out the boundaries, being flexible, being imaginative, being a circle of love that joins people with Christ at the centre’.

Regional Coordinator for Scottish Highlands

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017

Nicola Slater, in addition to being your Messy Forces Coordinator, is kindly taking on the role of Scottish Highlands Regional Coordinator! Thank you, Nicola!

Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017

We are delighted to welcome Sammi Tooze, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield! Sammi joins Rachel Gotobed (RC Leeds) and Dawn Moore (RC Huddersfield) in the Regional Coordinator team for West Yorkshire.  Sammi is a member of the Diocese of Leeds Church Growth team. She enjoys playing and singing early music, particularly renaissance. Sammi is very involved in the worship team at York Minster and loves drinking tea. Contact Sammi for prayer and support.

Vintage Adventure

Posted by Martin Gee on 24 Apr 2017

A blog by Revd Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People at Highfield Church.

Regional Coordinator for South West Hertfordshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 18 Apr 2017

Welcome to Laura Graham-Brown, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for South-West Hertfordshire. What an encouragement this is when we have been appealing for so long in this particular region! Laura is brimming with enthusiasm and is keen to support the registered Messy Churches in the south-west of this region, which includes Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford.

Carlisle Cumbrian Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Apr 2017

Welcome Deacon Melanie Beaven, new Regional Coordinator for Carlisle & North, Cumbria! Melanie is the first of hopefully a team of Regional Coordinators across Messy Cumbria, supporting Syl Hunt (RC Cumbria). Melanie supports two Messy Churches, works ecumenically, is about to start another Messy Church and is passionate about creating Messy gatherings for those families more isolated in rural areas. Melanie says:

Messy furniture

Posted by Martyn Payne on 03 Apr 2017

During my most recent Messy visits, I have found my attention drawn to something that can often be pivotal to the success or failure of running a good Messy Church. It may sound trivial when I tell you what that is, but in my experience it holds the key to solving some of the challenges we face in the activities, at the celebration or over the meal. The truth is that so many of those problems boil down to a question of... the furniture! Yes, furniture! Let me try and explain…

New Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 29 Mar 2017

Welcome Rhian Bridgens, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire in South Wales. Rhian is coordinator of Waterfront Community Church Messy Church, Swansea.

Derby and South new Messy Regional Coordinator

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 14 Mar 2017

Welcome to Ruth Attwood, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Derby and South. Ruth is keen to communicate with all the Messy Churches registered in this region of Derbyshire to offer prayer support, communicate all things Messy and encourage them in their Messy mission! Ruth is Coordinator at St Wystan's Messy Church in Repton. She says: