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Posted by Martyn Payne on 23 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

While Lucy and I were in Canada, we met the Revd Dr Neil Mancor of the Anglican Parish of St George, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. He has sent us this outline with photos for a Messy Confirmation service that they held recently. He wondered whether it might contain some useful ideas for anyone else in our Messy family. He writes:

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 22 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

Welcome to Johannah Myers in Greenville, South Carolina, USA! Johannah is a new addition to the US Regional Coordinator network and the Director of Christian Formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 09 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

Revd Fiona Pennie is Curate at St Mary's Church Grassendale, Liverpool and is on the L19 Messy Church team. She reflects on how engaging with one particular Messy activity lead to her preaching about it on Bible Sunday.

Posted by Lucy Moore on 06 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

A reflection on our most recent Messy Church – the November session from Get Messy! on 'Peace and comfort'.

Posted by Martyn Payne on 04 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

On the last day of the Messy Church conference in Canada, we heard this story from Neil Mancor, who is minister of the Anglican Parish of St George, Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, QC. Neil is also Regional Coordinator for Messy Church in Quebec, Ottawa, Maritimes.

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

Who would have thought it? We’ve always had to defend the word ‘messy’ in conversation with church leaders, at training events and in our books; and there’s no doubt there will always be those who will find it just too uncomfortable an adjective for anything to do with church. However, lately I’ve come across a new challenge on my travels. It’s not the ‘messy’ that some people object to but the word ‘church’ itself. This has set me thinking. Why is it important that it’s Messy Church and what are the implications behind this possibly controversial description?

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Nov 2017 (0 comments)

Welcome to Cindy Banek, who has joined the Regional Coordinator network and will be praying for and supporting the Messy Churches in Virginia, USA.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 02 Oct 2017 (0 comments)

What an exciting and busy time it has been with even more Regional Coordinators to introduce you to: Jonathan Richardson and Anna Walker for Norfolk;...

Posted by Martyn Payne on 02 Oct 2017 (0 comments)

There is no doubt that social media can be a great gift to the church and the gospel. Indeed, Messy Church growth owes a lot to its Facebook family of loyal followers; but there can be drawbacks. The pressure to post our stories or tweet our events can sometimes give the impression of an uninterrupted narrative of smiles and success. We don’t so easily make public our failures and disappointments.

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Sep 2017 (0 comments)

Welcome to Hannah Tarring, your new Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire. Hannah coordinates a relatively new Messy Church and is keen to support others, whether similarly new to exploring Messy Church or well established in this all-age ministry.

Hannah says:

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