Messy Cumbria is launched
A special launch event has heralded the start of Messy Cumbria, a fun way of being church for families across the county.
More than 80 people from churches across Cumbria and Lancashire gathered near Kendal for the inspirational training day and launch event.
There are already nearly 50 Messy Churches operating across the county. All are Christ-centred and focus on three major themes: creativity, hospitality and celebration.
Now through Messy Cumbria, the plan is to help create a one-stop shop through which those already running, and those new Messy Churches which are set up, can share resources and ideas.
Sarah Hulme, who is a Reach team member and Youth, Children & Families Evangelism Enabler, said: “Messy Church is really great way in which we can reach out with the Gospel message to new people in new ways and at new times.
“This is not about holding a service on a Sunday – it could be a mid-week event – and so we’re looking at how people want to fit faith into their lives.”
The Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith, was on hand to launch Messy Cumbria during the training day which was held at St Mark’s C of E Primary in Natland, near Kendal.
Those attending also included existing Messy Church leaders, along with others who are starting to explore Messy Church. The afternoon gave opportunity to explore various aspects of Messy Church in more depth with eight workshops on offer; including starting Messy Church, prayer, discipleship, outdoor Messy church and faith at home.
People also had the chance to meet the new Messy Cumbria mascot, Marvin the Sheep, which can also visit Messy Churches across the county.
Through Messy Cumbria people are being invited to sign up for free to either two forms of membership.
A Core membership will include access to discounted or free Messy Cumbria training events and resources, mentoring and coaching sessions to help grow Messy Church as a Fresh Expression of church where you worship and a visit from Marvin the mascot.
Those who don’t want to commit to Core membership will received regular updates through a closed Facebook page and email updates promoting Messy Cumbria events throughout 2017.
The launch event was also attended by national Messy Church leader Jean Leadbetter.
She said: “As Messy Church has been embraced by so many denominations it is no surprise that the ecumenical excitement has taken off already.
“I took Sheila the sheep to meet with Marvin Messy Cumbria mascot and I heard about the difficulties of mission in rural Cumbria. We discussed our highs and lows in Messy Church and gave each other permission to be bold and risky and try new things.”
For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.