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Why describing Messy Church as 'church' is important

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Nov 2017

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?

The real meaning of Christmas

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Nov 2017

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

Perseverence in Messy Church

Posted by Martyn Payne on 02 Oct 2017

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.

Regional Coordinators are here to help

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 02 Oct 2017

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;...

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 27 Sep 2017

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:

Regional Coordinator for Virginia USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 18 Sep 2017

Welcome Cindy Banek as your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Virginia, USA! We are delighted that Cindy has joined the Regional Coordinator network and pray for her and her new role in the States.

Lindsey's Story

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 13 Sep 2017

Thank you to Lindsey at Community United Methodist Church Messy Church, Huntington Beach, California, USA for allowing us to publish her story.

Regional Coordinator for Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 03 Sep 2017

Welcome to Liz Durber, your new Regional Coordinator for Stoke in Staffordshire. We are delighted that Liz is joining the Regional Coordinator network and we encourage the Messy Churches in the Stoke region to contact Liz for prayer and support.

New regional coordinators and an angelic idea

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Sep 2017

Angelic greetings to our new Regional Coordinators Andreas Isenburg in Westphalia, Germany; Jennifer Martin in Basingstoke, Hampshire; Naomi Savage in...

Reflecting on our Messy Churches

Posted by Martyn Payne on 01 Sep 2017

I have so enjoyed my many Messy Church visits during these last years with the team… over 200 Messy Church meals, celebrations and journeys all round the UK, alongside at least 100 more opportunities to meet teams and leaders at training events and Messy Meet-ups. What amazing pioneer ministers you all are! I shall miss this so much when I step back from this role in December. But these final months do, I suppose, give me even more excuse to reflect on what God is doing in and through Messy Church, while I am still in the midst of the Mess.

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