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A friend sent through this lovely misunderstanding from their local paper:

'My church is holding a Messy Church this Wednesday - however, the local paper got the wrong idea when they published a notice about it, and printed the following:

Church needs your help

Help is needed to tidy St Mark's Church. A special cleaning day will be held on Wednesday October 6, and the team are appealing for volunteers to join in. No special skills are needed, just a willingness to join in and be part of the action.

Tomorrow will be our 9th Messy Church and it's been a real thrill to see people so excited about coming each month - mostly families who've never had a church connection before.

We've so far seen 200 different faces, with 80 people coming regularly. Before Messy Church we had just a handful of children coming to our church (and they were all the children of the leaders!)

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:

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.

Early Christians in hot climes were thrown to the lions; modern British martyrdom seems to consist of near-death by exposure. In August. In the south of England. We decided to do an outside Messy Church to advertise ourselves a bit in the neighbourhood, so set up shop on the local playing field (with the council's permission.) Picture several acres of desolate wilderness with a Wuthering Heights-type gale whistling over it and one or two solitary dogwalkers braving the elements while everyone else sensibly stayed inside and cheered on our gold medallists in Beijing.

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