Messy Church USA is on the move
In less than 48 hours, I will be on a plane headed to the Messy Church International Conference (MCIC) in Derbyshire, England. Several days prior to the conference, some of us will explore Cambridge for fun. Johannah, our associate director for Messy Church USA, studied at Cambridge House, affiliated with Wesley Theological Seminary when she received her DMin in 2019. (Hint- if you ever want to travel, consider hiring Johannah as your tour director because she is awesome!) Six of us will represent the USA when we meet up with other international Messy Folk at the Hayes Conference center on May 20-24.
Making a Difference
If you have been reading earlier blogposts you will know that the theme of this year’s conference is Making a Difference. Meeting Messy Church leaders from all over the world has made a huge difference in my life at the previous two MCIC in 2016 and 2019. This year the conference is in a new location and with three new people leading the international Messy Church movement. I am looking forward to meeting face-to-face (or mask to mask) with Aike Kennet-Brown, Jane Butler and Sally O’Hare. I will miss seeing some of the friends from earlier conferences from Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. They are not traveling due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. However, I do look forward to making new connections and experiencing the innovation of Messy Church leaders.
We hope to go live several times on our Messy Church USA Facebook page to share the inspiration from the conference. We are leading several workshops and activities throughout the weekend so we will have opportunity to give as well as receive! Crystal Goetz and Johannah Myers are leading a fun Saturday evening event…more info to follow! Thanks to Leyla Wagner, a member of the MCIC 2022 planning team.
Inquires to Messy Church USA…expect some delay in our response
I will be checking my email daily on my trip but if you do have a question or concern about an upcoming training or other Messy Church USA event, please know that it will be a little while until you may get a response.
Please pray for all those who will be traveling to the MCIC. Pray extra hard for the team from MC USA that they will all have negative COVID tests so they can back home at the end of the conference! We are excited to spend time in beautiful England but we also want get on the plane to come home!
Messy Church USA Representatives to MCIC 2022
- Cathy Brackin, MC USA Ambassador from Holy Family Episcopal in New Jersey
- Marty Drake, MC USA Board President, Ambassador and more, California
- Roberta Egli, Executive Director of MC USA, Oregon
- Crystal Goetz, MC USA Ambassador, Communications team leader from Washington
- Johannah Myers, Associate Director of MC USA, South Carolina
- Leyla Wagner, MC USA Board Secretary, Ambassador and more, California
Grace and Peace,
Roberta J. Egli, [email protected]