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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!

We have been adding more pins to our Messy Church Pinterest Boards and as we begin the autumn season, in the UK, we have been focusing on the Messy Harvest Board in particular. Enjoy the leafy crafts and activities, fruity recipes, Celebration Time ideas, soup and stews recipes and more!

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?

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. 

Welcome to Kathy Bland, our new Messy Church Social Action Coordinator!

Kathy has been part of the Leominster Priory Messy Church team since 2010. She is Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Herefordshire and South Shropshire as well as working part-time for the Diocese of Hereford's Young People's Team.

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