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Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Jan 2018

I love the story of Jacob’s dream, the theme for January’s Get Messy! session. I love the way it reminds us that whatever our grandparents, parents or carers believe, God wants to be not just our family’s God but our God too in each new generation.

Messy Men at HM Prison Haverigg

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 04 Jan 2018

Messy Men meets monthly on a Sunday morning in HM Prison Haverigg, Cumbria. Cumbria Messy Church Regional Coordinator, Syl Hunt, and her team, share their December 2017 session: Firstly, we thought about Advent and how God wants us to get ready for the birth of his son; to cast aside our worries and our fears; to open our hearts to Jesus and trust him. We had three Messy activities for the men to engage with.

Regional Coordinator for California, Hawaii & Southwest USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 17 Dec 2017

Welcome to Marty Drake, who joins Leyla Wagner as a Messy Church Regional Coordinator for California, Hawaii and Southwest USA!

Regional Coordinator for California, Hawaii & Southwest USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 15 Dec 2017

Welcome to Leyla Wagner, new Regional Coordinator for California, Hawaii and Southwest USA! Leyla is joined by Marty Drake as joint Regional Coordinators for this huge region.  Lucy and Jane met Leyla at the Messy Church International Conference in 2016 and we are delighted to welcome her to the Regional Coordinator network.

Regional Coordinator for Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 08 Dec 2017

Welcome Brenton Prigge as Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast! We are delighted that Brenton continues as a Regional Coordinator for Messy Church but now on the other side of Australia! Brenton was a Regional Coordinator for Western Australia and spent many years actively involved in Messy Churches in the Busselton region and beyond, working with the First Third Ministry in the Uniting Church Synod of WA. Before that, Brenton was in South Africa and was born in Johannesburg.

Regional Coordinator for South Cotswolds

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome Helen Venn, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for South Cotswolds! We have created a new region to encompass lots of Messy Churches in need of support and Helen is keen to offer advice and prayer. Helen worships at the delightful Malmesbury Abbey and has years of Messy Church experience to share.

Regional Coordinator for Central Queensland Australia

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome to Suzy Sitton, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Central Queensland, Australia! God continues to grow the Messy Church network in Australia so we are delighted that Suzy is able to pray for and support the Messy Churches there. Suzy is the minister at St Andrew's Uniting Church in Yeppoon and the Messy Church team is currently planning to take Messy Church out into the community. 

Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania USA

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 07 Dec 2017

Welcome to Anais Hussian in Pittsburg! Anais is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania. Her Messy enthusiasm is infectious!  Anais is a United Methodist deacon serving as the Christian Education Director at First United Methodist Church of Pittsburg. She has a passion for embracing the joy, play and mess of God in both the church and the world. In her free time, Anais enjoys doing yoga, baking and creating wonderfully messy art projects.

Messy Church Communion

Posted by Lucy Moore on 05 Dec 2017

Rejoice, you Anglicans! The long-awaited Messy Church Holy Communion is here! The Liturgical Commission (of which Lucy is proud to be a member) of the Church of England, together with BRF, is delighted to bring you this very useful and free resource for planning a Eucharist in your Messy Church. 

Six ways to take the strain out of Messy Church leadership

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 01 Dec 2017

At a recent Growing Messy Church Leaders training day, I encouraged the sharing of stories and we heard some of the challenges Messy teams are currently facing. It is Messy! With Martyn retiring and the Messy Church BRF team suddenly looking a lot smaller, we’re also challenged. Please pray for us as we consider how to resource the work going forward.

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