Messy Church News
Anita and I were privileged to attend the first ever International Messy Church Conference at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire on the 16th – 18th May 2016. Delegates gathered from all over the world.
The Conference began with an inspirational message of welcome, thanks and hope for the future from Archbishop Justin Welby via a web link. He talked at length about the growth in development of Messy Church in the UK and throughout the world.
So, what is Messy Church?
Messy Church is a fresh expression of church that is Christ-centred in its approach, promoting inclusive Christian values and hospitality within an Intergenerational Community. Messy Church offers an alternative to Sunday worship for individuals and families who wish to worship together in a more creative, less structured way.
Messy Church promotes the following principles:
- To provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together.
- To help people of all ages to feel that they belong in church and to each other.
- To help people have fun together.
- To give people a chance to express their God-given creativity.
- To invite people into an experience of Christian community.
- To introduce people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.
An example of a Messy Church Session
Welcome- Juice/biscuit Coffee/tea
- Craft Tables
- Songs, Prayers, Bible story/DVD
- Meal together
Lucy Moore founded Messy Church in Portsmouth in 2004. Today, there are 3,300 Messy Churches around the world. Messy Church ministry continues to grow offering an alternative way for families and communities to worship together through Fun, Food, Friendship and Faith.
Maxwelltown West Messy Church will have a stand at the Dumfries & Lockerbie Agricultural Show, Park Farm, on Saturday 6th August 2016.
Messy Church takes place in Maxwelltown West Church Hall from 4.30-7pm on the following Saturdays:
3rd September, 1st October, 29th October, 26th November and 17th December.
Messy Church is for everyone! Please come along and spend some time with us. You may enjoy it! J H
Messy Church is a fresh new way of experiencing church!
It’s: Fun, Family Friendly, For all ages
Messy Church is in 3 elements; craft, celebration and a meal together. The craft is has a biblical theme and the Messy Church material provides many different ideas of crafts for each theme. Likewise the Messy Church outlines songs and the story for the celebration time. This is followed by a meal together.
We’re doing Messy Church at Maxwelltown West Church on Friday 4th December 2015 between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. We’ll be looking at the Christmas story using lots of crafts, songs and messiness and then we finish with some food together. Messy Church is about family time so we’re inviting families to come to share together- children must be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults. Why not come along and experience church done differently?
The idea of Messy Church is that the family move together round the crafts and celebration time in the church before sitting together having something to eat.
It’s a fun time, and the family includes as many of the family that can make it – but remember children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Access if by the church halls door in Rosemount Street and admission is free.
Friday 4th December 2015 5.30pm – 7pm
For families: all children must be accompanied by their responsible adult
Bible stories told in craft, story and song
Finishes with food together
www.maxwelltownwest.org.uk 01387 255900
Messy Church is a different way of “doing” or “being” church. Its focus is to work with all ages who have an opportunity to explore Bible stories through craft, story and song and finishing with a meal together. The session lasts between 1½ to 2 hours and does not need too many volunteers to run it. However because the idea is that a family moves through the different crafts together, there is not such a great need for the same numbers of volunteers as running a holiday club: the family adults are responsible for their own. The crafts, song and story and the meal all follow the same biblical theme.
Messy Church does not run as the 11am Sunday service but operates at a time and day which is suitable for as many people as possible. We hope to run Messy Church over a number of months and are exploring the possibility of being in Laurieknowe Primary School as well as in the Church.
See also www.messychurch.org.uk or speak to Dave if you have any questions in the meantime.
Messy Church is in 3 elements: craft, celebration and a meal together. The craft has a biblical theme and the Messy Church material provides many different ideas of crafts for each theme. Likewise the Messy Church outlines songs and the story for the celebration time. This is followed by a meal together.
Click on the above link to find out more.