Australia

Get Messy! Aussie Add-ons

From our friends in Australia -  Here it is! Full of great ideas for Messy worship, music and prayer, as well as some food for thought and reflections on the International Messy Church Conference.   

New Messy Regional Coordinators in Australia

Welcome to Greg Ross and Brenton Prigge in Western Australia! Also Welcome to Sue and Glen Taylor in Queensland, Australia! These enthusiastic people are our new Regional Coordinators in very large regions of Australia and we hope that they will attract even more RCs to help them build teams to support all of the growing number of Messy Churches. 

Australia trip diary

This is the diary I kept while in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland recently. Friday 15 Feb I'm typing this in faith that I will get internet access eventually even if it’s playing silly beggars at the moment. Just back from a Dinner with a capital D to start off Summer Spirit, the weekend festival of spirituality. The keynote speaker couldn’t come so it was a replacement. And perhaps one who had been chosen to make us really wish the number one choice had been available.

Australia diary

Friday 17 August Why am I cursed with travel sickness? How can a grown person be sick seven times en an otherwise uneventful route from London to Sydney? The mercy was that I had three seats to myself from Singapore to Sydney, so I could stretch out for a bit in a lumpy sort of way, but oh, the ignominy of going greeny-grey in public... so many times... Praise the Lord for airsick bags! I shall take one with me everywhere.

Summer sportiness

My Google Alerts for Messy Church has been sending me a plethora of marvellous links over the summer, with Messy Churches enthusiastically embracing summer sport in all its guises. Amazing to think of all those families enjoying themselves in church together!

Auswards-bound

Off to Australia tonight for an event-packed fortnight with the Anglican diocese of Newcastle and Grafton in New South Wales (between Sydney and Brisbane) and a final day in Melbourne with the Uniting Church, which is sheer self-indulgence, to catch up with Messy friends there. I don't think there'll be much time for sightseeing but there will be plenty of opportunity to share the Messy story of what God's doing over here and to listen to what he's doing over there.

August 23 Aussie on reflection

We visited the Blue Mountains just before we left Sydney and were suitably wowed by the vast acres of forest stretching out below Katoomba's Echo Point. As we ambled down a path there between eucalyptus trees, I noticed the bark. It looks as if someone's scribbled on it or done some crazy modern machine stitching embroidery. This particular tree was very near the sandstone cliff on the other side of the path, where tourists over the years have graffitied their names.

Aussie 17 August Ozmesses

More multicultural joy this morning first thing as a Tongan youthworker led the opening worship on Exodus 2, with the encouragement to see our ministries like Jochabed putting Moses in a basket and letting him go in faith. That's certainly how it feels, sharing the idea of Messy Church with so many people and having no idea where it will end up or whether it will be 'safe'. If Moses had been born here, he could have been Ozmoses. The prodigal returns during the talk.

Aussie 16 August All round time and space

Duncan Macleod is the other keynote speaker at the conference - a relaxed, wise, funny, godly, comfortable Uniting Church minister, who explained his job to my Anglican ears as being (sort of) the equivalent of a bishop in the Canberra area and who in his spare time writes blogs using different advertising clips to stimulate thought.

Aussie 15 August on with the show

The conference here in Parramatta starts and my contribution for the day is an evening's Messy 'Masterclass'. (Not my title. Sounds terribly impressive, though...). We welcomed about 75 people to the Centre for Ministry to hear the basics about Messy Church and think about the issues around starting one. Funny how the material expands to fill the time available and despite jumping quickly over the core values, so that we could look at them in detail later in the week, there was still so much to say.