Messy Church offers everyone, young and older, a chance to come along and share in activities, learning about God’s word. After craft activities, a story and song, we share a meal together. Messy Church sessions run on the last Saturday of the month from 4pm – 6.30pm.
Messy Church is supported by Maxwelltown West Social Group who prepare lovely, welcoming meals for everyone. Our continued grateful thanks to you all!
Please come along and share in our worship. You may enjoy it!
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.
Messy Church takes place in Maxwelltown West Church Hall from 4.00 to 6.30pm on the last Saturday of most months. Messy Church is for everyone! Please come along and spend some time with us. You may enjoy it!
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.
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 is by the church hall door in Rosemount Street and admission is free.
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 2 to 2½ 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.