What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a church for people of all ages who find it hard to go to more traditional church on sunday mornings, even for ‘family’service.

Messy Church began in an Anglican Church near Portsmouth in 2004. It meets once a month at a time most suited to those in the local area, after-school or at the weekend.

Important aspects of Messy Church are

  • welcoming the whole family together (not just children)
  • being a church not a club
  • eating together

The aims of Messy Church are

  • to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together
  • to help people of all ages feel they belong in church and to wach other
  • to help people have fun and be creative together
  • to introduce Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.

Messy Church is NOT

  • a children’s activity afternoon
  • a stepping stone to ‘proper’church

A typical session

  • welcome – doors open, board games, chilling out, drinks and biscuits, introduction of the theme
  • crafts – everything related to the theme of the day
  • celebration – celebration service
  • meal – hot food shared together
  • Making a proposal to your PCC

What Messy Church isn’t! (originally from the Messy Church Web Site) sets out the things to think about and local information you should gather in order to put a proposal for Messy Church to you PCC.