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Prayer

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.

Sue says:

Calling all Messy Churches in Devon! Devon is a large county and we have ninety Messy Churches waiting for prayer and support!

We have divided the region into three areas: North Devon, Exeter and East Devon, South Devon. It is hoped that we can develop a team of volunteer Regional Coordinators in each area to offer support to the many Messy Churches. 

God is continuing to grow this all-age ministry and we are hearing such wonderful stories of how God is touching the lives of so many families.

Welcome to Nicola Slater, our new Messy Forces Coordinator! Nicola is a forces wife based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, where she coordinates a Messy Church each month. 

Messy patterns of family life, on forces bases, means regularity of events and groups are more difficult, but Nicola believes Messy Church fits in well. There are around fifty RAF stations in the UK and many more army barracks and Naval bases. 

Welcome to Kerstin Oderhem our new Regional Coordinator in South Sweden. 

Kerstin is a Regional Director in the Swedish Evangelical Mission. Kerstin joins the new Swedish RC team along with Marianne (North Sweden); Tin (Mid Sweden) and Olle (West coast of Sweden and National Contact Person).

We are delighted with how Messy Church is growing in Sweden and ask you to pray for the new RC team and their plans for training and supporting the Swedish Messy Church network.

Welcome to Dawn Moore! Dawn is your new Messy Regional Coordinator for the Huddersfield region of West Yorkshire. 

Lancashire is a big county! We welcome Rev Mary Ashton, from Euxton Parish Church, who joins Kai Bland as a Regional Coordinator in Lancashire. Mary is an associate vicar at Euxton, where her husband is vicar, and has Messy Church experience from when she was in Guildford. She is enjoying overseeing the family ministry at Euxton since arriving approximately 18 months ago.

Welcome to Sherida Chambers! Sherida is your new Regional Coordinator for Rotherham in South Yorkshire. She coordinates a Messy Church at St Francis' in Bramley and is soon to be licenced a Lay Pioneer.

Welcome to Katie Norman, our latest coordinator with a specialist focus. Katie is our first Messy Vintage Coordinator supporting the wonderful work among older people.

Lucy Moore shares the Messy Vintage story:

Welcome to Emma Parr who will be supporting Regional Coordinators Richard Turnbull and Kaye Lewis in NSW and ACT, Australia. Emma will be our Messy NSW and ACT Support Coordinator as more Messy Churches register with us. 

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