The Messy blog
A new Messy Church registration from Switzerland made us smile as we read about their Messy journey and unusual choice of logo.
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!
Planning, setting up, running and then clearing up after Messy Church is hard work! It's usually so full on that finding time in all that busyness to pray can be a challenge. In a recent short video clip about prayer Lucy, Jane and I talked about this and made some suggestions which we hope were helpful.
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.
God goes ahead of us, even 300 years ahead of us.
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.
Alison Dare is a Salvation Army minister from Blaydon in Tyne and Wear (north-east England). Recently she sent us the following Messy baptism story that is so encouraging:
'The baptism came about with a mother asking if we could 'touch' her boys as she wanted them to belong to the church. Her partner's family (the boy's dad's family) are Roman Catholic but Clare was concerned that the children wouldn't sit still in church and that they would be made to feel awkward. She asked if they could be baptised at Messy Church because that's their Christian church!
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.
A story to share from Revd Sarah in Bolton:
I just wanted to share something our Messy Church did last week.
Both Messy Churches are run after school on school premises. It does put us at the mercy of school sometimes but we manage and the schools try really hard to accommodate us.
We've been noticing a number of 'extras' added on to Messy Churches. Most of the time we'd roundly applaud the imagination, energy and dedication that goes into organising yet another opportunity in the month to help people encounter Jesus. But just occasionally we writhe a little in angst about whether the development is actually Messy Church or has gone back down a more traditional route.