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L19 Messy Church was BIG this month! Big in numbers, with over 150 turning up, and big on surprise! We have no idea why so many turned up and the surprise came in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the creativity hour.

Thank you to Sue Taylor at Messy Church at Sherwood Anglican, Brisbane Australia. Sue reminds me that even when you have been using a single prayer activity yourself for a long time, it can cause quite an impact for others.

Sue says:

Calling all Messy Churches in Devon! Devon is a large county and we have ninety Messy Churches waiting for prayer and support!

We have divided the region into three areas: North Devon, Exeter and East Devon, South Devon. It is hoped that we can develop a team of volunteer Regional Coordinators in each area to offer support to the many Messy Churches. 

God is continuing to grow this all-age ministry and we are hearing such wonderful stories of how God is touching the lives of so many families.

Welcome to Nicola Slater, our new Messy Forces Coordinator! Nicola is a forces wife based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, where she coordinates a Messy Church each month. 

Messy patterns of family life, on forces bases, means regularity of events and groups are more difficult, but Nicola believes Messy Church fits in well. There are around fifty RAF stations in the UK and many more army barracks and Naval bases. 

Welcome to Dorothy Hughes, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for North/West Melbourne in Victoria, Australia!

Dorothy supports Messy Church in her role as Children and Families Ministry Facilitator for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. She is the sixth member of the growing team of Regional Coordinators in Victoria. 

Welcome to Liz Hopkin, who is the new Regional Coordinator for Warwickshire!

Messy Church and working families

A new report on working families in the UK has just been published. It is based on a survey of 1000 families. You can read it here (opens as PDF).

Messy Church at All Saints Church, Hoole, met for years on a Thursday after school. It was successful in that they averaged around 50 each month but there was something missing. Helen Ellis, Messy coordinator, prayed for men to come along, to play and interact with their children and perhaps to join the small leadership team. Helen decided to take a risk and change the day that their Messy Church met.

Update from Pastor Sandra Rudd at the Sitka Lutheran Church in Alaska

'Here is the information to encourage others: 

Welcome to Johanna Gisladottir and Hildur Bjork Horpudottir, our new Regional Coordinators in Iceland! Not able to wait until next year's Messy Church Conference, they visited the UK and the Messy Church BRF team then hurried back to Iceland and piloted a Messy Church for themselves. It was a huge success and now lots of churches are making enquiries and asking Johanna and Hildur for support. Please pray for them and this new Messy ministry in Iceland.

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