Winnipeg MB Canada

Rescheduled from October 2020 due to COVID-19

Messy Connections brings together Messy Church teams as well as those interested in launching Messy Church in a four-day conference with Messy Church founders and leaders. The conference will be an interactive, energized, musical, and inspired gathering that will connect you with other leaders and with your own learning in Messy Church. 

Messy Connections will bring international, national and local Messy Church leaders to Winnipeg, and to Transcona Memorial United Church, the host venue. Our leaders include UK guests Lucy Moore (founder of Messy Church), Jill Phipps (International Messy Vintage Coordinator) and Stephen Fischbacher (founder of Fischy Music).

One of the conference goals is to explore Messy Church as a part of the means of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples: you will be part of a focused session on Indigenous Messy Church and will have a guided tour the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

We will also highlight possibilities for local Messy Church ministries with workshops on developing Messy Church themes, Messy Church food, Messy Church music, and ‘Messy Science’.   There will also be time for you to connect with one another informally to share ideas and experiences including at Idea Exchange on Messy Christmas and Messy Easter. 

This conference will be valuable whether you are new to Messy Church and Messy Vintage and want learning opportunities, or whether you are experienced in these and want deepening opportunities. 

The conference aims to be a connecting point for people and for ministry. 

There are several hotels in the area including a new Best Western Premier Winnipeg East and Super 8 Winnipeg East. If hotel costs are prohibitive please be in touch with the organizers directly through to see if billets are available.

The cost for the Conference is $185.  Please register early, as space is limited.

Draft schedule

Thursday, October 14, 2021, beginning at 1pm

  • Registration, Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
  • Introduction to Messy Church especially for those newcomers to Messy Church
  • Dinner on your own
  • Drum song and smudge
  • Music and Theme session 1 – Connecting People
  • Tea and cookies and regional connections

Friday, October 15, 2021, beginning at 9am

  • Music and Theme session 2 – Connecting Faith
  • Workshops
  • Lunch included
  • Messy Vintage
  • Cars and buses depart for the Forks
  • Tour at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Return to Transcona Memorial
  • Dinner included
  • Casual Connecting Evening – conversation and games

Saturday, October 16, 2021, beginning at 9am

  • Indigenous Messy Church
  • Lunch included
  • Idea Exchange for Messy Christmas and Messy Easter
  • Music and Theme session 3 – connecting community
  • Dinner included
  • Music concert led by Fischy Music and more!

Sunday, October 17, 2021 beginning at 10am

  • Sunday morning worship with the Transcona Memorial congregation with leadership including Lucy Moore and Stephen Fischbacher
  • Lunch and Linger – a light meal and an opportunity to have extra moments with the UK guests and local and national facilitators
  • 2 pm and all is done!