Messy Church was started in England by Lucy Moore in 2004 as a way of being ‘church’ for families who wish to gather and explore faith and Christian community in a new way. At St. George’s our Messy Church is still focused on building a Christ-centred community that is welcoming and great fun as it includes games, crafts, exploring faith – and supper! (yes, we do the cooking!)
What are the key elements that Messy Church works so well?
All-Ages: Messy Church is structured to be real, revitalizing and relevant and accessible to everyone, which means adults and children can enjoy it together.
Creativity: It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give families a chance to play together.
Hospitality: It reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside of the church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to learn and laugh together. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together.
Celebration: Everyone is welcome, wanted and needed. Our worship is a creative experience with music, storytelling, theatre and other wonderful surprises that engage and entertain children of all ages.
For more information on Messy Church, visit www.messychurch.org.uk.
Bring the kids, we’ll provide the mess!