Messy Church

Messy Church is an all-age fresh expression of church that offers countercultural transformation of family life through families coming together to be, to make, to eat and to celebrate God.

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality; primarily aimed at those who don’t already belong to a church. It typically includes a welcome, a creative time (with around six-eight activities) to explore the Biblical theme; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables. All elements are for and should be aimed at people of all ages, adults and children. Messy Church is NOT a children’s club.

How to start Messy Church:

  • See getting started pages.
  • Check out the Messy Church directory. Where a neighbouring church is already running Messy church, consider collaborating otherwise try not to clash with them.
  • Contact the Messy church ‘getting going team’.
  • Consider buying the Messy Church Book 1: ISBN: 9780857461452 or subscribe to the Get Messy quarterly magazine.

For more information visit:

Messy Church
What is Messy Church – film
Getting going team
Messy Church – directory
Messy Church – Goes Wild (see also Forest Church)

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