Messy Church leaders in Kent had a really inspiring evening together chatting about Messy Church and the problems and ways forward locally.
It wasn't a full Messy Fiesta, which takes a bit of organising, but just an easy evening in a church where they run Messy Church themselves, and coordinated by Regional Coordinator for Kent, Captain Graham Nunn.
Sound the bagpipe and splice the sporran - the first full Scottish Messy Fiesta has taken place. A gleefully ecumenical event as some 60 people threw themselves into the day in Edinburgh, just up the road from Murrayfield - rather fun to drive back through the crowds of kilts and leprechauns making their way to the match down the middle of the road.
It was a very exciting day on Saturday - over a hundred people gathered in Hale to find out more about Messy Church and share ideas. You can imagine the buzz created by so many people with such a heart for God and for people not yet part of a church.
It was a long hot haul from Portsmouth to Newcastle for the Newcastle Messy Fiesta, but it was well worth it, with 58 people turning up to enjoy a day of discussion and... well, mess, as we dived into the crafts and somehow managed to keep the carpet clean even if our hands were covered with PVA, paint, ink and sequins. People had come from the local area of course, but also Hartlepool, Carlisle and even Arbroath.
The publicity has gone out for the first Messy Fiesta next month - thanks to the wonderful sales and marketing department at BRF - and people have signed up to come!
All very exciting as I'm sure this is the best way forward: to talk to each other. I hope I'm going to be able to be gracious enough to be like John the Baptist for the next year or so - decreasing so that others can increase. It would be so easy and so fatal to try to hold all the reins and control everyone's developments, when the best way forward is to try out new things and learn from each other.