I joined the Diocese of Carlisle and Methodists in Cumbria and Lancashire recently. I met wonderful missional Messy Church leaders, teams and enquirers at a training day and launch. Bishop Rob Freeman, Bishop of Penrith, launched the Messy Cumbria initiative which invites Messy Churches to become core members of Messy Cumbria, irrespective of what denomination they are.
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?
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.
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.
I found myself waxing lyrical in a recent email about the oddness of what we're doing in Messy Church. It's a funny time to be a Christian - as to some, this description of church sounds old hat, and to others, it’s incomprehensible.
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.