Messy Gathering at Toronto

On Saturday 14th November, CEY Ministries held a Messy Church Gathering in Toronto.  The Messy Church leaders around the diocese had not met together as a group since Lucy Moore held two Messy Conferences in the Diocese in 2012.  The idea behind this day was twofold, firstly as a way of sharing information, stories and support.  Secondly for CEY Ministries and the Messy Leaders to say thank you to Robyn Pullin for her ministry and encouragement.

44 people from 15 parishes attended; from the conversations and the feedback from others this was a great day with many new and different ideas being shared.

The day began with Archdeacon Arthur Copeman reminding us all of the Principles of Messy Church and the 5 key elements, followed by 6 parishes sharing their stories.

  • Lynley Keers from Williamtown, Medowie, Mallabula.
  • Beverley Lewis from Kotara South.
  • Fay Barton from Muswellbrook.
  • Debbie Gilbert and Mel Murry from Singleton.
  • Lorraine Elbourne from Charlestown, and
  • Steve Dunstan Bateau Bay.

Just prior to lunch The Reverend Julie Turnbull, reflected on Current Practices & How Messy Church Evolves, with really helpful examples from her own experience with this ministry.  After lunch Richard Turnbull talked about Messy Resources then Robyn Pullin (ably assisted by some of the Dulley, Murry and Yates girls) who help give a practical example of Linking Craft to Stories.

The day concluded with Archdeacon Arthur thanking Robyn for her work with All Age Worship and in particular her encouragement to those parishes starting and running Messy Church in the Diocese.  It was Robyn who suggested CEY bring Lucy Moore to Australia in 2012.  Messy Church is now running in 13 Parishes and a number of other parishes are running various forms of All Age Worship, including Messy Mass, Messy Meals and Music groups.

Following the success of this day, CEY are planning another event in 2016; this event will be expanded to include all Family Ministries.

Finally big thanks to Rachel Yates for the admin and organising.