More Regional Coordinators for Sweden

Welcome Marianne Hellgren who is our new Regional Coordinator for north Sweden! Marianne coordinates a Messy Church in the northern Hortlax region and she works for the Diocese of Lulea. Marianne joins Olle Philipsson (east coast of Sweden) in this growing Regional Coordinator team. Watch out for more Regional Coordinators joining the network! What a blessing to know that even more registered Messy Churches are being prayed for regularly and supported with love and encouragement.

Messy Regional Coordinator for Wirral

Welcome to Caroline Houghton who is going to support and pray for the Messy Churches in Wirral on Merseyside. Caroline coordinates a Messy Church at St Hilary's Church in Wallasey and is passionate about working with families and making those all- important community connections.

A First Regional Coordinator in Adelaide!

Welcome to Jenny Carver, who is our first Messy Church Regional Coordinator in Adelaide, South Australia. Jenny will be praying for and supporting the registered Messy Churches in Adelaide but particularly in the south of the city. It is hoped that a team of Regional Coordinators will be developed. You can find your Messy Church Regional Coordinator on our Messy Church website.

Tasmania has its first Regional Coordinator!

Welcome to Amanda Nicholas, our first Regional Coordinator in Tasmania. Amanda will support the Messy Churches in North Tasmania and looks forward to welcoming new registrations. Register your Messy Church on our website. It is free and easy to do. The benefits include being linked up to a Regional Coordinator and that families can find out where you are!

New Regional Coordinator in growing Victoria, Australia team

Welcome to Sharon Catchpoole, our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Metro-Outer East Melbourne in Victoria, Australia! The growing team of Regional Coordinators in Victoria are keen to pray for and support the Messy Churches in their regions. Sharon has lots of experience as a coordinator at St Hilary's Church.

New North/West Melbourne Regional Coordinator

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. 

Messy Munster

Welcome April Gunn, who is the third member of the new Ireland Regional Coordinators' team! April will be supporting Messy Churches in the Munster Province. She coordinates the Messy Church at Blarney, near Cork, and is keen for any Messy Churches in her region to contact her for prayers and sharing.

Messy Ireland

Welcome Ruth Mathews! Ruth is the latest member of the new Regional Coordinator team in Ireland. Team leader Revd Robert Ferris is delighted to share the support needed for the Messy Churches in this beautiful part of the world. Ruth coordinates a Messy Church in Mountmellick Methodist Church, Co. Laois, and a Messy Church at St John's Church of Ireland, Coolbanagher, Co. Laois.  Please contact Ruth if you are already involved or hope to be starting a Messy Church in the Leinster Province region. 

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. 

Growing the Scotland Regional Coordinators' team

Welcome to three new Regional Coordinators in Scotland! Jen Robertson works for Scripture Union Scotland and Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and will support Messy Churches in Lanarkshire. Paul Wilson is a Messy Church coordinator at Auldhouse Community Church and will support Glasgow and Ayrshire.

Getting even Messier in Havant!

Welcome to Robin Jones, who is the new Regional Coordinator in Havant, Hampshire! Robin will be joining Regional Coordinator Lesley Baker to support and pray for the registered Messy Churches in this region. The Hampshire team of Regional Coordinators has now grown to ten. Thank you for the huge encouragement this gives to the BRF Messy Church team!

New Forest Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Viv Binns who is the new Regional Coordinator for the New Forest and Hordle region of Hampshire. Viv brings vast experience to the growing Hampshire team of Regional Coordinators, and she looks forward to contacting the registered Messy Churches and offering support and prayers. Find your Regional Coordinator on our website.

Warwickshire Regional Coordinator

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

Messy Queensland Update

God is at work in Queensland, Australia! Thank you Sue and Glen Taylor and Beth Nicholls for your Regional Coordinator support in this huge part of the continent.

Messy Brussels

Welcome to Wim and Sandra Roose, our new Regional Coordinators in Belgium! This pioneering family moved country to follow God's vision for Messy Church and mission in Brussels.

Portsmouth Messy Churches have a new Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Paula Finch! Paula is our new Regional Coordinator for Portsmouth and joins seven other Regional Coordinators in Hampshire. Paula is keen to get going, praying for and supporting the Messy Churches in this region.

Brisbane South and Gold Coast Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Rev Beth Nicholls, our new Regional Coordinator for Brisbane South and Gold Coast. Beth joins the Australian Regional Coordinators network at a time when we see rapid growth in the numbers of new registrations in Australia. There are growing numbers, especially on this Eastern side of the continent.

Bury and Rochdale Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Mandi Davies who is our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Bury and Rochdale in Greater Manchester. Mandi is the coordinator at All Saints, Stand Messy Church and enjoys encouraging all ages together as an ALM in the Diocese of Manchester. Contact Mandi if you need her prayers and support. You can find your Regional Coordinator on our website.

Regional Coordinator for Leeds

As we continue to grow a Regional Coordinator team in West Yorkshire we welcome Rachel Gotobed who will support over twenty registered Messy Churches in the Leeds region. Rachel works for The Salvation Army in children's and family ministry. She has experience in running many church groups.

Hoards of Hampshire Regional Coordinators

How happy is Lucy Moore? Her team of Regional Coordinators to support Messy Churches in Hampshire is growing rapidly! Welcome Lesley Baker who will support Messy Churches in Havant and the surrounds plus Edwina Cussen and Sandra Williams for the Andover region. After Lucy's Haring Around Hampshire fundraising weekend she is Happy in Hampshire with this news.

Growing the Victoria Australia RCs team

Chris Barnett in Melbourne, Australia, is doing a wonderful job finding Regional Coordinators to support the growing numbers of Messy Churches in Victoria. We welcome Murray Purkiss to the Victoria RC team! Murray will be supporting the Messy Churches in the Northern Victoria region.What an encouragement he is to us as he joins this rapidly expanding network.

Iceland begins its Messy journey

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.

A Regional Coordinator for Southport

Welcome to Rev Jan Fraser as our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Southport! Exciting things are happening in this region, with the Methodist Circuit engaging with Messy Church mission in over half of their churches and more to come! Rev Jan is thoroughly immersed in all things Messy and is keen to support with prayer and assistance. Find your Regional Coordinator on our website.

Chelmsford and South Essex Messy Church Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Steve Kersys who is our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Chelmsford and South Essex. Steve is the Diocese of Chelmsford Children's and Families Adviser and a huge advocate of Messy Church and it's ministry to our communities.

Hurrah for Hertfordshire!

Hertfordshire has never had a Regional Coordinator! So we are delighted to announce that Becki Chafe, in St Albans, is taking on this supportive role for over fifty registered churches. Becki is the Children's and Families Worker at Christ Church, St Albans, and coordinates a Messy Church with a fantastic team.

Growing the Hampshire Regional Coordinator network!

Welcome to two more Hampshire Messy Regional Coordinators! Claire Johnson will support Messy Churches in the Fareham West region and Hazel Bagshaw (aka Garry) will support Messy Churches in the Fareham and Gosport region. Please pray for Claire and Garry as they embark on this Messy ministry and join Rhiannon Wilmott in Southampton sharing good practice and encouragement.

A bumper month for new Regional Coordinators

God is good! More Regional Coordinators are coming forward to join the wider Messy Church team! Welcome to Heidi Moore, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire! Heidi coordinates the Wakefield Cathedral Messy Church and has a huge team to help her!

New Regional Coordinator in Surrey

Surrey is a big county but lovely Emma Shaw, in Guildford, is keen to help support the Messy Churches there. Emma is Children's and Families Worker at two Guildford churches and welcomes communications, new registrations, sharing and prayers.

Messy Reading

There a lots of Messy Churches popping up in the Reading area of Berkshire! Linda Galpin, who coordinates a Messy Church in Woodley, is to be your new Regional Coordinator for Reading and will be contacting any registered Messy Churches to offer prayer and support. Get in touch with Linda and hear her Messy enthusiasm for this all-age ministry.

The Only Way Is Essex

Welcome to Gillian Warren, the new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for NW Essex. Gillian is involved in a Messy Church in Great Dunmow and is keen to support and pray for the Messy Churches in her region. Contact Gillian for help and if you wish to be linked up to her please register your Messy Church.

Welcome Rhiannon Wilmott

Welcome Rhiannon Wilmott, who is our new Messy Regional Coordinator for Southampton in Hampshire. Rhiannon coordinates a Messy Church at St Denys SO17 and wishes to encourage anyone in the region to contact her for support and prayers.

Messy Regional Coordinator in NW Lincolnshire

Welcome to Rev Moira Astin, our new Regional Coordinator for NW Lincolnshire. Moira is in Scunthorpe where she is hands-on with Messy Churches and passionate about the growth of Fresh Expressions in this region. Please contact Moira for prayer and support.

Messy New Zealand update

Exciting news! New Regional Coordinator for New Zealand, Debbie Smith, has a Messy Church website for New Zealand! Messy Church continues to grow overseas and registrations are still coming in thick and fast. As well as registering on our website the NZ Messy Churches can also register on this new website, share stories, enjoy Debbie's Blog and so much more!

New Regional Coordinator for Cambridgeshire

Welcome to Debbie Hill, our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cambridgeshire! Debbie is in Ely and has also just started her new Diocesan role as Children's Work Adviser.

New Messy Regional Coordinator for Dorset

Welcome to Kevin Metcalfe who is our new Messy Regional Coordinator for Dorset. Kevin kindly replaces Kat who is taking time out. Kevin is the Children's and Outreach Worker at St John's Church, Wimborne and he has years of Messy experience dating back to his days in N Ireland. Please pray for Kevin as he takes on this voluntary role for us.

Messy Co-ordinators in Conference!

Feedback from the two Round Table conferences in Derbyshire

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. 

New Messy Regional Coordinators in South Africa

Welcome to Jean Pienaar in Johannesburg and Rev Calvin Frans in George! How exciting to think that just as Fresh Expressions takes off in South Africa, after recent large conferences, we already have great support for the Messy Churches popping up there. Calvin coordinates a large Messy Church in the Western Cape and Jean began the first South African Messy Church by coming across this website! Please pray for Jean and Calvin as Messy Church evolves.

New Lincolnshire Regional Coordinators

I had an enjoyable visit to Lincolnshire to explore a beautiful county and scoop up four more Messy Church Regional Coordinators. This large region has now been divided into five areas to enable easier support. Welcome to Steve Johnson in the North East of Lincs; Julie Doddrell in the Mid East and Steve and Linda Faber in the South West. Please contact them if you need prayer or help - visit our Regional Coordinator pages to get in touch.

Rural Mess in Cornwall

I'm starting to collect stories from rural Messy Churches, so I asked some of our regional coordinators to send me any reflections they have on specifically rural situations. You might have some to send too: why / how is Messy Church working or not working in your country setting? What factors are specific to Messy Churches in the countryside? What are the positive as well as the negative factors at work? What ideas do you have to give the Spirit an open door? Janet Tredrea is in Cornwall and sends this story of resurrection.

New Zealand Mess

Please do continue to pray for the churches in New Zealand and encourage your Messy Churches to pray too. As you know, Debbie Smith is our regional coordinator and lives in Christchurch, though she and her husband Andrew are on the point of moving to a new job in Nelson. It sounds horrendous, and I wasn't even sure Debbie would have email up and running to reply to an anxious email: Hi Debbie Horrendous news from Christchurch - are you and yours OK this time? I really hope so. Do let us know if you can. Much love Lucy To my relief, she did:

Regional Coordinators' Round Table 2010

The second annual gathering of Messy Church regional coordinators took place at Wycliffe Hall on 9-10 Sep with 26 enthusiastic delegates present. These included members of the BRF team and trustees as well as regional coordinators from all over the UK, and even Australia and Denmark were represented.

Regional Coordinators Update

Gloat gloat, we have about 30 regional coordinators now! Whether you live in Shetland or in Truro, in Kent or in Cambridge, in Sheffield or in Worthing and in many other areas, we have a regional coordinator who would love to hear from you. This wonderful team of volunteers will do all in their power to reply to your queries, share your joys and sorrows, reflect on your experiences, or put on events to support you.

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.

Great Northern Tour

I'm on the train on my way home from my Great Northern Tour. It's been a really good couple of days, meeting with two groups of regional coordinators - what wonderful warm people they are! Do get in touch with your local one - the list of who is where can be found on the website.

Round Table

What a fantastic time we had - 18-20 of us, regional coordinators and sympathetic friends - gathered together to talk 'mess' for 24 hours. It was such fun, such a luxury to be able to concentrate on some of the big issues and to glean each other's wisdom thereupon. I came away thinking how privileged we are to have such thoughtful, wise and experienced people taking an interest in Messy Church.

Easy Evening

Messy Church leaders in Kent had a really inspiring evening together chatting about Messy Church and the problems and ways forward locally. It wasn't a full Messy Fiesta, which takes a bit of organising, but just an easy evening in a church where they run Messy Church themselves, and coordinated by Regional Coordinator for Kent, Captain Graham Nunn.

Regional Coordinators

It was a very significant day: our first meeting of the Messy Church regional coordinators. Getting twelve busy people from around the UK, as far afield as Cornwall and Preston, Weston and Maidstone is no mean achievement. To have a Canadian as well was mere icing on the cake. Meeting round a table gave us a sense of belonging to a team with a common purpose.