Networking

Regional Coordinator moves from Lichfield & Tamworth region to Stoke-on-Trent

Welcome Naomi Savage as the new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Stoke-on-Trent! Naomi is switching her Regional Coordinator role from the Lichfield and Tamworth region over to Stoke, as she starts a new job at The Church in the Westlands in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Naomi will be the Children's and Families Worker. Please pray for Naomi during all of her transitions.

Regional Coordinator for Wellington, New Zealand

Welcome Diane Stevens, new Regional Coordinator for Wellington in New Zealand! Diane joins a growing team of Regional Coordinators supporting New Zealand.

Regional Coordinator for Sheffield

Welcome to Suzanne Morton, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Sheffield! We have been waiting to fill this gap for a very long time so we are delighted that Suzanne has decided to join the network.

Regional Coordinator for North East & East Derbyshire

Welcome Linda Cooper, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for North East & East Derbyshire. Linda is keen to support and pray for the registered Messy Churches in this region. Please contact Linda to encourage her and register your Messy Church with us if you have not already done so.

Regional Coordinator for North Oxfordshire

Welcome Julie Swann, the new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for North Oxfordshire. Julie says:

Regional Coordinator for Newport and East South Wales

Welcome to Helen Jones, your new Regional Coordinator for Newport and East in South Wales. Helen says:

Regional Coordinators for Western Australia

Welcome to Rob and Robyn Douglas, new Regional Coordinators for Western Australia. Rob and Robyn join Greg Ross supporting this large state.

Regional Coordinator for Buckinghamshire

Welcome to Iain Nash, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Buckinghamshire! We are delighted that Iain has agreed to take on this role as this large region has been without local support for quite a while. We encourage you to join Iain and help us to build a team of Regional Coordinators from Milton Keynes to High Wycombe. Iain is in Aylesbury.

Regional Coordinator for Chelmsford and South Essex

Welcome to Tina Bailes, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Chelmsford and South Essex. Tina joins Gillian Warren and Trish Hahn on the Essex Regional Coordinator team.

Regional Coordinator for Bay of Plenty, Eastland, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Taranaki in New Zealand

Welcome Jocelyn Czerwonka, Regional Coordinator for the Bay of Plenty, Eastland, Hawkes Bay, Waikato, Taranaki in New Zealand. Jocelyn joins Richard Stevens and Angela Brown in the new NZ Regional Coordinator team.

Regional Coordinator for Cornwall West

Welcome Mary Judkins, new Regional Coordinator for Cornwall West. Mary lives near St Ives in Cornwall and coordinates a Messy Church at St Anta, Carbis Bay.

Regional Coordinator for Cornwall North and East

Welcome to Ann Sumra, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cornwall North and East. 

Regional Coordinator for Exeter and East Devon

Welcome to Mel Cleveland, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Exeter and East Devon. Mel has years of Messy experience and says:

Regional Coordinator for Canterbury, New Zealand

Welcome to Angela Brown, your new Regional Coordinator for Canterbury in New Zealand. Angela joins a growing team of NZ Regional Coordinators and brings a wealth of experise to the role.

Regional Coordinator for Manawatu, Wellington, Top of the South, Otago NZ

Welcome to Richard Stevens, your new Regional Coordinator for Manawatu, Wellington, Top of the South and Otago in New Zealand.  Richard is passionate about Messy Church and has been actively involved for the past eight years. He is married to Diane, who heads up their local Messy Church in Lower Hutt near Wellington. Richard has been on the national NZ Advisory Board and now chairs the National Team.

Messy Church Regional Coordinator in the Netherlands

Welcome to Nelleke Plomp as Messy Church Regional Coordinator in the Netherlands. Last year we announced a different Regional Coordinator, but due to her ill health we are sad that she has retired from the role. We pray for her speedy recovery. Nelleke Plomp is filling this role for the present, and we warmly welcome her! We love working with Nelleke and her team at Kliederkerk, our official 'home' for Messy Church in the Netherlands.

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Doncaster

Welcome to Alison Powell, your new Regional Coordinator for the Doncaster region of South Yorkshire. We are delighted with this appointment and the link it has with the Centenary Project in Sheffield.

Southport Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Nigel Mawdsley, who is the new Regional Coordinator for Southport, Merseyside. We are delighted with Nigel's appointment and he is keen to visit and support the Messy Churches in the region. We are also encouraged by the Messy Methodist ministry which takes place in this region. Watch this space.

Regional Coordinator for North-East London

Welcome to Tom Donoghue, who will be praying for and supporting the registered Messy Churches in the North-East London region. Tom is the Family and Children's Work Coordinator at Loughton Methodist Church. We are delighted that Tom has joined the Regional Coordinator network and encourage any unregistered Messy Churches in the North-East London region to register and get linked up to our Messy Church BRF family! 

Additional Regional Coordinator for Rochester

Welcome to Carol Kitchener, who is joining Caroline Clarke, as a Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Rochester. With over 80 registered Messy Churches in their region, we are delighted that Carol and Caroline are working together to offer so much prayer and support.

Regional Coordinator for California, Hawaii & Southwest USA

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

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

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

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

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

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.

North and South Carolina USA Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Johannah Myers in Greenville, South Carolina, USA! Johannah is a new addition to the US Regional Coordinator network and the Director of Christian Formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire

Welcome to Hannah Tarring, your new Regional Coordinator for Wiltshire. Hannah coordinates a relatively new Messy Church and is keen to support others, whether similarly new to exploring Messy Church or well established in this all-age ministry. Hannah says:

Regional Coordinator for Virginia USA

Welcome Cindy Banek as your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Virginia, USA! We are delighted that Cindy has joined the Regional Coordinator network and pray for her and her new role in the States.

Regional Coordinator for Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Welcome to Liz Durber, your new Regional Coordinator for Stoke in Staffordshire. We are delighted that Liz is joining the Regional Coordinator network and we encourage the Messy Churches in the Stoke region to contact Liz for prayer and support.

Additional Messy Church Regional Coordinator for North Wales - West

Welcome to Kirsty Williams, who joins Rev Kevin Ellis as a Regional Coordinator for North Wales - West! We are delighted that Kirsty is joining the network and she is keen to contact, support and pray for the Messy Church registrations in the region. Kirsty is based in Ynys Mon, Anglesey with her husband and son and is very involved with lots of Messy Churches there.

Regional Coordinator for Cheshire East

Welcome to Rachel Mason, your new Regional Coordinator for Cheshire East! 

New Norfolk Regional Coordinators

Welcome to Jonathan Richardson and Anna Walker who are your new Messy Church Regional Coordinators for Norfolk!

New Regional Coordinator for Lichfield and Tamworth, Staffordshire

Welcome Naomi Savage who is to be your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Lichfield and Tamworth in Staffordshire. Naomi is the Children's and Youth Worker at Holy Trinity Church, Wilnecote and also for the Tamworth Deanery. She was a primary school teacher in Birmingham and enjoys travelling, reading, eating out with friends and walking up mountains! Naomi has recently been to the Aegean Sea to travel some of Paul's missionary journeys to Athens, Corinth and Ephesus.

Regional Coordinator for Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Welcome to Caroline Green, the new Regional Coordinator for Burton on Trent in Staffordshire! Caroline is a Messy Church coordinator with her friend Sue at Winshill Churches Together Messy Church, held at Winshill Methodist Church. They set up their Messy Church in October 2012. They are part of a very busy knitting community, who, each Advent, knit and crochet angels for the community. They thrive on community projects!

New Regional Coordinator for Basingstoke, Hampshire

Welcome Jennifer Martin, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Basingstoke in Hampshire! Jennifer is eager to pray for and support the Messy Churches in her region and is the coordinator at Hook Messy Church.

Messy Regional Coordinator for Westphalia, Germany

Welcome Andreas Isenburg, your Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Westphalia in Germany! Some of you will remember Andreas as he joined us at the Messy Church International Conference in 2016. He is constantly travelling and discovering more and more Fresh Expressions of Church and works as a minister with Amt fur missionarische Dienste in Dortmund, members of the Protestant Church of Germany.

Messy Shetland & Orkney

Welcome to Rachel Brown your new Regional Coordinator for the Shetland Islands and Orkney.  Rachel works for the Salvation Army in Lerwick as the Community Development Worker. Rachel's association with Messy Church began in Kirkwall, Orkney, where she began a Messy Tots. She has introduced a similar group to Lerwick and helps out at neighbouring Messy Churches. 

Growing the Victoria Regional Coordinator team

Welcome to Karen Morgan, the latest member of the Victoria Regional Coordinator team in Australia. Karen will be assisting Tracey Davies in the Geelong region and continues to coordinate her Messy Church at Western Heights Uniting Church.  Find your Regional Coordinator on our website. 

Learning Networks

Our Mission Shaped Ministry course advocated 'learning networks' so emphatically that some of us who are on the course and lead Messy Churches in the south have formed a Facebook group to help us link up. Next year we hope to form a proper official Learning Network within Fresh Expressions for the wider Messy Church network - should be up and running next spring. Marie Beale, who leads a Messy Church in the Wirral, helpfully sent the following in response to my blog on 21 Oct:

Fab news and Facebook

Had the privilege of popping in on Rev Colin Blake to hear about Mead Vale's Messy Church at the weekend. What fun! It sounds to be going great guns, with requests for baptism and confirmation, and people joining Sunday church alongside Messy Church. Also inspired by his idea of having a Facebook group for their MC, with pictures and so on.