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Blog postHere's a big question I was discussing yesterday with our newest Regional Coordinator, Gill Noles: can a church really be facilitated by people who...
Blog postI do hope God isn't being prophetic on me. I had a day off this week and spent the morning labouring in the garden trying to tame the wilderness:...
Blog postLots of thoughts about leadership recently, including: Messy Church is great for giving ordinary people a chance to lead in some capacity It gives...
Blog postI was privileged to join Dave Male and many pioneer ministers at Ridley Hall recently, for a stimulating conference about Pioneer Ministry. If...
Blog postOne of the advantages of being in a network, rather than trying to go it alone, is the undeniable fact that talking to people about a mutual passion...
Blog postHo hum, very interesting. One of the questions often raised at Fiestas is, 'What about the Dads? How do you get Dads to come to Messy Church?' and...
Blog postWe held our third Messy Communion yesterday. It was - well, I suppose it was OK, which isn't good enough. The crafts were all fine - a range of ideas...
Blog postJust back from the National Children's Advisers' Conference, bulging with food for thought (and the other sort too - cooked breakfasts etc). It was...
Blog postMessy Church leaders in Kent had a really inspiring evening together chatting about Messy Church and the problems and ways forward locally. It wasn't...
Blog postSound the bagpipe and splice the sporran - the first full Scottish Messy Fiesta has taken place. A gleefully ecumenical event as some 60 people threw...
Blog postEnjoyably bracing to bring the colourful friendly world of Messy Church up against the dark and studded 'Go on, impress me, then' world of Youth Work...
Blog postCornwall is such a happening place! Messy Churches are popping up all over, and it was great to be invited to go and lead a 24-hour retreat for...
Blog postAn interesting meeting today with Dr Cathy Ross at CMS in Oxford. One joy of this role is that I get to meet experts in different fields and bounce...
Blog postA visit to Marlene Wylie and the Creative Arts Fellowship (CAFe) she and others run at their church in East London. Amongst the knitting needles and...
Blog postNot my favourite subject, as you may know, but apparently, as an Anglican, I am defined not by a statement of faith as some denominations are, but by...
Blog postChatting with Ben Mizen, our Diocesan Children and Youth Advisor, we were both struck by the importance of the parable of the wheat and the weeds (...
Blog postI was gutted to read the Mr Men book Mr Messy (by Roger Hargreaves and originally published in 1972), who should be, after all, a hero of Messy...
Blog postIt was a very significant day: our first meeting of the Messy Church regional coordinators. Getting twelve busy people from around the UK, as far...
Blog postAt many Messy Fiestas one of the crafts has been to write prayers on a leaf of your own design and hang it on to the Tidbit Tree - a tasteful clear...
Blog postLet me tell you about my Saturday! After a morning spent signing copies of Messy Church 2, The Lord's Prayer Unplugged and The Gospels Unplugged at...

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