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Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 08 May 2017 (0 comments)

Welcome to Veronica Priest, our Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Eden Valley in Messy Cumbria! Veronica joins Deacon Melanie Beaven and Syl Hunt in a growing Regional Coordinator team. 

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 05 May 2017 (0 comments)

Continuing to work together and support God's growth of mission for families, we are delighted to announce Nelleke Matsinger as Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands. Nelleke is on the Projects Team at Kliederkerk and is developing a network of Regional Coordinators across the Netherlands; we are sharing our good practice and Messy stories with each other.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 02 May 2017 (0 comments)

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.'

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Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 May 2017 (0 comments)

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’.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 26 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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.

Posted by Florence Jones on 24 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 18 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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.

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Posted by Martyn Payne on 03 Apr 2017 (0 comments)

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…

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