Welcome to Rachel Brown your new Regional Coordinator for the Shetland Islands.
Rachel works for the Salvation Army in Lerwick as the Community Development Worker. Rachel's association with Messy Church began in Kirkwall, Orkney, where she began a Messy Tots. She has introduced a similar group to Lerwick and helps out at neighbouring Messy Churches.
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.
The Huddersfield Methodist Circuit recently held a networking event to support and encourage those leading Messy Church within our local area.
It proved to be a HUGE success, hosting approximately 35 attendees, representing 12 different churches across the Circuit, including ecumenical partnerships.
Our Mission Shaped Ministry course advocated 'learning networks' so emphatically that some of us who are on the course and lead Messy Churches in the south have formed a Facebook group to help us link up. Next year we hope to form a proper official Learning Network within Fresh Expressions for the wider Messy Church network - should be up and running next spring. Marie Beale, who leads a Messy Church in the Wirral, helpfully sent the following in response to my blog on 21 Oct:
Had the privilege of popping in on Rev Colin Blake to hear about Mead Vale's Messy Church at the weekend. What fun! It sounds to be going great guns, with requests for baptism and confirmation, and people joining Sunday church alongside Messy Church.
Also inspired by his idea of having a Facebook group for their MC, with pictures and so on.