The Messy blog
L19 Messy Church was BIG this month! Big in numbers, with over 150 turning up, and big on surprise! We have no idea why so many turned up and the surprise came in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the creativity hour.
For one day at the beginning of October a meeting room in our BRF offices in Abingdon became a messy laboratory!
An invited group of dedicated scientists from different disciplines, who are all also involved in a local Messy Church, gathered to share their ideas for the 10 chapters that will make up ‘Messy Church Does Science’.
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:
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.
Congratulations to Sherida Chambers, Regional Coordinator for Rotherham, who has been authorised as a Lay Pioneer for the Diocese of Sheffield, one of four brand new lay appointments in the diocese.
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!
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!
Thank you to Sue Taylor at Messy Church at Sherwood Anglican, Brisbane Australia. Sue reminds me that even when you have been using a single prayer activity yourself for a long time, it can cause quite an impact for others.
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?