Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.
It is both for our church family but also for people who do not already belong to another form of church.
The afternoon typically includes a welcome, a story, sometimes a short video, prayer, singing and discussion on a biblical theme. Then we have creative time, the sometimes messy bit, whether that be making things, going into the garden to discover things or just time to colour a picture with the theme of the afternoon. Whatever we do everyone is encouraged to take part, both children and adults.
We then finish by having tea together, a time for people to sit and talk and get to know each other.
Above all we like it to be fun with the overall aim to introduce Jesus, to give the opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
At St John’s we have approximately 6 Messy Church sessions a year – on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm.
These are always advertised on our Facebook page and posters go up on the church notice board.
All leaders are DBS checked, we have a first aider present at each session. We encourage families to come and all stay to take part in the afternoon but should you wish to just drop your child off then we would request a quick chat to discuss any issues your child has, any dietary needs and also we will need an emergency contact number.
Comments from the participants
Here are a few comments from Messy church participants – both old and young – as to why they like Messy Church: