The Messy blog
A growing number of Messy Churches are daring to take their Messy families away for a weekend. It's proving a great way to deepen friendships made at Messy Church and to help young and old on their discipleship journeys.
Aike Kennett-Brown is our Regional Coordinator in south-east London, working as a Messy pioneer out of St John's, Blackheath. Those of you who were at the Messy Church International Conference in May will have heard her speak briefly about her plans for 'Messy munches' as a way of establishing all-age discipleship groups for her Messy Church families.
Ever since the Messy Church International Conference just over a month ago, I have been wondering about something that George Lings said to us. Maybe you were there or have listened to his talks online since.
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.
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.
Round 7: 'Maximising the Mess' - How to engage teenagers
There has been a lot of discussion about how Messy Church can help to involve people of all ages. If Messy Church is church, then we cannot afford not to provide something spiritually challenging for every individual who comes through the doors to meet with God. Messy Churches have the opportunity to welcome all people, including teenages, to give them the chance to evangelise and to draw people closer to God as well as learning more about God themselves.
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.
We've been getting excited about grandparents recently. Maybe it's because Jane and Martyn are now both grandparents themselves, but more likely we've always been fascinated by the unique relationship between older people and younger ones - whether they are related or not. My own children benefited hugely from the church family of surrogate grandparents as they were growing up, when their own grandparents lived a long way away.
We love to receive stories of the quiet work that is going on in your Messy Churches. We recently received this information from Karen Stobart:
Kuwakaribisha kila mtu manufaa yake ya kuona wewe hapa (Swahili for 'Welcome everybody it's good to see you here', one of Fischy Music's songs).
Flo's just given us a sneak preview of the survey responses that have been coming in. Big mistake! I've spent the last half hour weeping. It's been a day full of admin - no bad thing, but rather inhuman and distant. And then, wham! I started to read the comments from the families and leaders who go to Messy Churches.
Round 6: 'Maximising the Mess' - How can we encourage discipleship in Messy Church?
Messy Churches are learning about discipleship and how to do it in this Messy context, with families who have never been part of a church before. It's an ongoing process and we haven't yet reached an ultimate solution: we don't think we ever will! But we are learning lots, thanks to the wisdom and generosity of teams around the world who are so pleased to share, and we want to share some tips with you.