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Make us cry!

Posted by Lucy Moore on 07 Jun 2016

Flo's just given us a sneak preview of the survey responses that have been coming in. Big mistake! I've spent the last half hour weeping. It's been a day full of admin - no bad thing, but rather inhuman and distant. And then, wham! I started to read the comments from the families and leaders who go to Messy Churches.

'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: Discipleship

Posted by Martin Gee on 06 Jun 2016

Round 6: 'Maximising the Mess' - How can we encourage discipleship in Messy Church? Messy Churches are learning about discipleship and how to do it in this Messy context, with families who have never been part of a church before. It's an ongoing process and we haven't yet reached an ultimate solution: we don't think we ever will! But we are learning lots, thanks to the wisdom and generosity of teams around the world who are so pleased to share, and we want to share some tips with you. 

Messy leadership

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Jun 2016

I've just had to fill in a form about what sort of leadership activity I'm engaged in. What on earth will they do with this list? Is this what they mean, I wonder? What would you add or take away as a fellow Messy Church leader? Q: What type of leadership activity do you consider you are engaged in personally?

Reflections on the Messy Church conference 2016

Posted by Martyn Payne on 31 May 2016

'This conference was the richest I have ever attended in terms of content and teaching - the vocabulary of deep theology, vision, church planting, mission strategy and family was the norm, even at breakfast time!' Liz Hall, delegate

A First Regional Coordinator in Adelaide!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 24 May 2016

Welcome to Jenny Carver, who is our first Messy Church Regional Coordinator in Adelaide, South Australia. Jenny will be praying for and supporting the registered Messy Churches in Adelaide but particularly in the south of the city. It is hoped that a team of Regional Coordinators will be developed. You can find your Messy Church Regional Coordinator on our Messy Church website.

'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: Liturgy and Messy Church

Posted by Martin Gee on 23 May 2016

Round 7: 'Maximising the Mess' - Liturgy and Messy Church

Tasmania has its first Regional Coordinator!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 15 May 2016

Welcome to Amanda Nicholas, our first Regional Coordinator in Tasmania. Amanda will support the Messy Churches in North Tasmania and looks forward to welcoming new registrations. Register your Messy Church on our website. It is free and easy to do. The benefits include being linked up to a Regional Coordinator and that families can find out where you are!

'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: Financing your Messy Church

Posted by Martin Gee on 09 May 2016

Round 5: 'Maximising the Mess' Mondays: How do we finance our Messy Church?

New Regional Coordinator in growing Victoria, Australia team

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 03 May 2016

Welcome to Sharon Catchpoole, our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Metro-Outer East Melbourne in Victoria, Australia! The growing team of Regional Coordinators in Victoria are keen to pray for and support the Messy Churches in their regions. Sharon has lots of experience as a coordinator at St Hilary's Church.

Hats off to all Messy cooks everywhere!

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 May 2016

In the more than seven years of coordinating L19 Messy Church I have never been on the Messy cooks' team. As we have invited our Messy congregation into the church space for each celebration time, I have marvelled at the way the 'fairies' have transformed the Messy activities church hall into a welcoming dining room for us to return to. More often than not those 'fairies' don't get to worship with us, but instead go into extra hospitality mode and prepare our third space of Messy Church at each session.