Messy Church offers families in your community the chance to come together and play in a fun and informal way. It is also an opportunity to explore Christianity.
The meetings use activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect on a God of creativity most also offers some free hospitality - whether it's a cup of tea, plate of sandwiches to share or a hot meal.
Messy Church reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.
Messy Church is a National Organisation which aims to:
- Be fun.
- Offer a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age.
- It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family, and a global and local church family.
- Introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
- Be a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.
- Be primarily for people who don't already belong to another form of church.
- Meet at a time (and sometimes in a place) that suits people who don't already belong to church.
- Typically include a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables. All elements are for, and should include, people of all ages, adults and children.
Find a Messy Church near you
You can find the Messy Churches that are registered on the national Messy Church website search directory here.
Rachel Harper is the regional co-ordinator for Messy Church and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.