Messy Fiesta

Winchester Tour - The Messy Eucharist - Romsey Abbey

Pete and Andy's vision for this spring/summer is to make a training tour around the Diocese. They'll do Messy Fiestas with a difference at three venues, culminating in a Messy Eucharist (like you've never experienced before!) for everyone at Romsey Abbey in July. Sunday 7 July at Romsey Abbey, 3.00 - 5.30pm with craft/celebration/tea and cake for all ages and whole families. Come and share in a Eucharist like no other.

Winchester Tour - All Saints' Church, Milford-on-Sea

Pete and Andy's vision for this spring/summer is to make a training tour around the Diocese. They'll do Messy Fiestas with a difference at three venues, culminating in a Messy Eucharist (like you've never experienced before!) for everyone at Romsey Abbey in July. Programme All Messy Fiestas run from 9.30 to 12.30, are free of charge, and will take this format: 9.30-10.30 training for leaders and core teams 10.30 open the doors to families and wider teams, when Pete and the core teams will lead Messy Crafts

Winsford Fiesta

Jane, connoisseuse of many a buffet lunch, writes: Winsford Fiesta seemed to go really well and I loved working with Alan and Helen who had important input and messy sense of humour to make the day go along with a swing. The 'light lunch' turned out to be the biggest ham salad in the world and to die for desserts! Some email feedback so far: Thankyou so much for our training day today at Trinty Methodist Church in Winsford. I really enjoyed it. Keep spreading 'Messy Church as I believe it is God's will.

Northern Ireland

OK, think uninhibited welcome and hospitality: that's what I got from the people of Bangor and surroundings when I sallied forth at the weekend to lead a Fiesta there. Kevin Metcalfe of the Church Army had done a fantastic job of publicising the event and we had about 70 people present from the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church and possibly the Presbyterian Church, but by the end of the day I was so confused about denominations and politics and not making any jokes about drink that there could have been another 15 denominations represented and I wouldn't have noticed.

Unexpected evening

I was looking forward to last night's Messy Meet-up in Southampton. Paul Woodman had signed up his Messy Church on the Directory so I'd been in touch to say hello, and as a result of that we'd agreed that a nice informal evening's chat for local Messy Church leaders would be fun. I was bowling up the M27, thinking about having a laid-back cosy time, hearing stories and experiences, sharing issues and talking about the DVD with the 20 or so folk who had signed up the last time I'd heard.

International Mess

We're delighted to be welcoming Nancy Rowe, Elizabeth Northcott, Thomas Brauer and Chris Barnett to our International Forum next week in Abingdon to hear how Messy Church is developing in Canada and Australia and explore ways forward together with BRF. Please pray for us to hear what God is trying to say to us. Here's what Sue Kalbfleisch, another Canadian Messy friend, wrote about the Messy scene in their part of Canada:

Canada Diary - Part 9

Having reread yesterday's entry I feel I should make it clear that the bishop didn't actually give me an episcopal massage herself. Today was pretty non-stop in a good way. We drove to Quinn and Maddie's church, which is a good 40 minutes away - his parish is roughly the size of Portsmouth Diocese. The morning was a Messy Fiesta with people from Spruce Grove and further afield: I was very flattered and bemused that one couple had driven seven hours from the NW Territory to be there, and one lady had come straight from night shift to join in. There were about 18 of us.

Shetland

What an eventful weekend. I'm writing this in Glasgow airport between flights, and looking out on tarmac seems most peculiar after seeing only peat, lochs and voes for the last four days. I went on Friday with lots of preconceived ideas: that Shetland would be years behind the mainland, that it would be suspicious of outsiders and that it would be just another chunk of Scotland. I was wrong.

Matlock Fiesta

Jane Butcher (Regional Coordinator in the Midlands) and Chris Rees (Regional Coordinator South Yorkshire), together with our dear friend Helen Proudfoot (Children's Adviser in Derby Diocese) had a great time on Saturday. Jane writes: 'The beautiful town of Matlock in Derbyshire was the location for the first steps and next steps Messy Fiesta. We were joined by twelve people which included one man all keen either to learn about starting a Messy Church or how to develop an existing one.

Jane in Sutton Coldfield

Today's Fiesta in Sutton Coldfield was privileged to have Bishop Andrew Watson doing the welcome and introduction. He was excellent. Although he could give only 20-30 minutes before heading off to Deanery Synod, he had taken the time to write something specifically about the values of Messy Church, the reality of 'mess' in people's lives and the way in which God can and does break through in the mess. He is such a gift to us in Birmingham and he really showed his support to Messy Church and BRF in general today.