Teams

Regional Coordinator for Mid Jutland in Denmark

  Welcome Katja Aagaard Steffensen, new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Mid Jutland in Denmark. Katja joins the growing team of coordinators in Denmark and works for the Inner Mission. Katja is engaged with Christian children's clubs, Messy Church, outreach and married couples as they have their first child. Katja is married to Hans and has three children.

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.

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.

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 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! 

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.

Eden Valley Cumbria Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Veronica Priest, our Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Eden Valley in Messy Cumbria! Veronica joins Deacon Melanie Beaven and Syl Hunt in a growing Regional Coordinator team. 

New Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands

Continuing to work together and support God's growth of mission for families, we are delighted to announce Nelleke Matsinger as Regional Coordinator for the Netherlands. Nelleke is on the Projects Team at Kliederkerk and is developing a network of Regional Coordinators across the Netherlands; we are sharing our good practice and Messy stories with each other.

Regional Coordinator for Scottish Highlands

Nicola Slater, in addition to being your Messy Forces Coordinator, is kindly taking on the role of Scottish Highlands Regional Coordinator! Thank you, Nicola!

Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield

We are delighted to welcome Sammi Tooze, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield! Sammi joins Rachel Gotobed (RC Leeds) and Dawn Moore (RC Huddersfield) in the Regional Coordinator team for West Yorkshire.  Sammi is a member of the Diocese of Leeds Church Growth team. She enjoys playing and singing early music, particularly renaissance. Sammi is very involved in the worship team at York Minster and loves drinking tea. Contact Sammi for prayer and support.

Regional Coordinator for South West Hertfordshire

Welcome to Laura Graham-Brown, who is your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for South-West Hertfordshire. What an encouragement this is when we have been appealing for so long in this particular region! Laura is brimming with enthusiasm and is keen to support the registered Messy Churches in the south-west of this region, which includes Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Watford.

Carlisle Cumbrian Coordinator

Welcome Deacon Melanie Beaven, new Regional Coordinator for Carlisle & North, Cumbria! Melanie is the first of hopefully a team of Regional Coordinators across Messy Cumbria, supporting Syl Hunt (RC Cumbria). Melanie supports two Messy Churches, works ecumenically, is about to start another Messy Church and is passionate about creating Messy gatherings for those families more isolated in rural areas. Melanie says:

New Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire

Welcome Rhian Bridgens, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire in South Wales. Rhian is coordinator of Waterfront Community Church Messy Church, Swansea.

Derby and South new Messy Regional Coordinator

Welcome to Ruth Attwood, your new Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Derby and South. Ruth is keen to communicate with all the Messy Churches registered in this region of Derbyshire to offer prayer support, communicate all things Messy and encourage them in their Messy mission! Ruth is Coordinator at St Wystan's Messy Church in Repton. She says:

Announcing our new Messy Science Coordinator

How wonderful that in conjunction with Messy Church Does Science, the funding awarded to the project, the resources connected to it, and the excitement as we consider experimenting in our Messy Church sessions, we can announce Revd Dr Dave Gregory as our Messy Science Coordinator!

Regional Coordinator team in Denmark

Welcome to Carolyne Rasmussen and Lene Ronne Pedersen who join Karen Markussen as Regional Coordinators in Denmark.  With the growth of Messy Churches in Denmark and the inspiration and enthusism gained from the Messy Church International Conference, Carolyne, Lene and Karen have been Skyping and planning and their roles at the moment will be:

Award for Isle Of Man Regional Coordinator

Congratulations to Nancy Clague, Regional Coordinator on the Isle Of Man! Nancy is one of two recipients of a new annual award, introduced by Bishop Robert. Nancy has been awarded the Bishop Thomas Wilson award for mission. Bishop Wilson was Bishop of the Isle Of Man from 1698-1755 and had the Gospels translated into Manx, so that the populatin could read them. 

Regional Coordinator for Wigan

Welcome to Tracey Fitzsimmons! Tracey is Regional Coordinator for Wigan, a town and region with complex boundaries and areas, often falling into Greater Manchester or Merseyside or Lancashire. BUT from now on Tracey will support the Messy Churches registered there, tidying them up into a Regional Coordinator Region of their own!

Sitting still

For around eight years I have been running around at each L19 Messy Church session. ‘Have you got all that you need?’ ‘Can I help you to find something?’ ‘Thank you for visiting us. Let me show you where to put your pram.’ ‘We’ve run out of paper plates! I’ll just pop out for some more.’ But this month I had to sit still! This month, our lovely regular welcoming family at the Welcome Table awoke to a surprise gift from a family member – tickets to the Davis Cup!

Messy Harvest ideas

We have been adding more pins to our Messy Church Pinterest Boards and as we begin the autumn season, in the UK, we have been focusing on the Messy Harvest Board in particular. Enjoy the leafy crafts and activities, fruity recipes, Celebration Time ideas, soup and stews recipes and more!

Churches get Messy in The Park

Over 200 people enjoyed the Messy Church marquee at the Herrington Country Park with lots of Mess and activities. What a great opportunity to share the Messy Church story and mission with so many people. Well done to the Diocese of Durham and the Messy volunteers! Read all about it here. Have you been out and about sharing the Messy Church mission this summer?

Growing Messy Church in Sweden

Welcome to Kerstin Oderhem our new Regional Coordinator in South Sweden.  Kerstin is a Regional Director in the Swedish Evangelical Mission. Kerstin joins the new Swedish RC team along with Marianne (North Sweden); Tin (Mid Sweden) and Olle (West coast of Sweden and National Contact Person). We are delighted with how Messy Church is growing in Sweden and ask you to pray for the new RC team and their plans for training and supporting the Swedish Messy Church network.

Messy Huddersfield region

Welcome to Dawn Moore! Dawn is your new Messy Regional Coordinator for the Huddersfield region of West Yorkshire. 

Growing team of Regional Coordinators in Lancashire

Lancashire is a big county! We welcome Rev Mary Ashton, from Euxton Parish Church, who joins Kai Bland as a Regional Coordinator in Lancashire. Mary is an associate vicar at Euxton, where her husband is vicar, and has Messy Church experience from when she was in Guildford. She is enjoying overseeing the family ministry at Euxton since arriving approximately 18 months ago.

Regional Coordinator for Rotherham

Welcome to Sherida Chambers! Sherida is your new Regional Coordinator for Rotherham in South Yorkshire. She coordinates a Messy Church at St Francis' in Bramley and is soon to be licenced a Lay Pioneer.

Messy Vintage Coordinator

Welcome to Katie Norman, our latest coordinator with a specialist focus. Katie is our first Messy Vintage Coordinator supporting the wonderful work among older people. Lucy Moore shares the Messy Vintage story:

More Messy support for NSW and ACT in Australia

Welcome to Emma Parr who will be supporting Regional Coordinators Richard Turnbull and Kaye Lewis in NSW and ACT, Australia. Emma will be our Messy NSW and ACT Support Coordinator as more Messy Churches register with us. 

Messy Church Coordinator for Social Action

Welcome to Kathy Bland, our new Messy Church Social Action Coordinator! Kathy has been part of the Leominster Priory Messy Church team since 2010. She is Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Herefordshire and South Shropshire as well as working part-time for the Diocese of Hereford's Young People's Team.

Growing the Swedish Regional Coordinators Team

Welcome to Tin Mörk, our new Regional Coordinator for Mid Sweden! Tin joins Olle Philipsson and Marianne Hellgren to support the Messy Churches in Sweden. She is keen to discover how things are going for the leaders, as she works for the Fresh Expressions team in Sweden (New Ways of Being Church).

Regional Coordinator for Sydney Australia

Welcome to Kaye Lewis,our new Messy Church Regional Coordinator in Sydney - Central Metro in New South Wales, Australia. Kaye joins Beth Nicholls and Richard Turnbull to support Messy Churches on the East coast of Australia.

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.

New Messy Church Regional Coordinator in West US

Welcome to Roberta Egli, our new Messy Regional Coordinator in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, US. Roberta helps coordinate a Messy Church at Trinity United Methodist Church, Eugene in Oregon.

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.

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!

Hats off to all Messy cooks everywhere!

In the more than seven years of coordinating L19 Messy Church I have never been on the Messy cooks' team. As we have invited our Messy congregation into the church space for each celebration time, I have marvelled at the way the 'fairies' have transformed the Messy activities church hall into a welcoming dining room for us to return to. More often than not those 'fairies' don't get to worship with us, but instead go into extra hospitality mode and prepare our third space of Messy Church at each session. 

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 determination after fire UPDATE!

An update from Carol Brown at Winlaton Messy Church, Tyne & Wear, who was determined to carry on with their Messy Church after fire destroyed their church hall.

Gwunder Chile

A new Messy Church registration from Switzerland made us smile as we read about their Messy journey and unusual choice of logo.

Messy determination after fire!

Please pray for Carol Brown and her Messy Church team at St Paul's Messy Church, Winlaton, Tyne & Wear NE21, as they endeavour to continue with their Messy Church after fire destroys their hall, using a smaller space at the rear of the building and ordering in PortaloosTM! Carol says:

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!

Blown Away

It takes a lot of time to prepare for three days of seminars and workshops at the Hand in Hand Children's and Family Conference at Eastbourne each year, but the effort was made more than worthwhile last weekend. We heard so many stories of how God is at work in our Messy communities.

Team prayer talk

I love teams. I love working with teams. Today was so much more enjoyable because of teamwork. This morning my L19 Who Let The Dads Out? team welcomed the dads and young children back to St Mary's Grassendale after a short break, due to church hall roof repairs, and cooked bacon baps and offered delicious sponsored coffee. Not only did the dads come back but we welcomed three new babies for the first time too.

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.

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.

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.

Get Messy! magazine encourages knitters!

Messy knitters! Well done Seascale Messy Church in Cumbria! After knitting squares in the Blind Bartimaeus session, as suggested by Anne Offler in the Get Messy! magazine Jan-April 2015 issue, they gave the blanket to a church member who had fallen ill. Now they just can't stop knitting and have knitted lots more blankets to send to Nepal! 

Pass Go... Collect £200... and more!

22 coloured streets, 4 different churches, 5 Messy Church values, 8 eager teams, 2 incredible Regional Coordinators, one Capital City and a BRF photographer - put them all together, and what do you get: messy Monopoly!