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Messy Church!

In October 2011 we began something completely new at St Mary’s Church. It’s something that had been suggested to us two years earlier but Sue and I were not ready, then, for the idea. We have since caught up with the thinking and the need. It’s called Messy Church. See this flyer.

Messy Church

Messy Church got off to a great start with over 70 adults and children. Many got messy as they had a go at different crafts activities – layering coloured sand in bottles, decorating star shaped biscuits, making a family tree , designing cards and an almost life-size Abraham and Sarah for the story.

After the celebration in church, sausage, chips and beans were devoured, with ice-cream to finish.

Messy Church will be happening once a month on the second Sunday. Try it out!

There will be more of the above, plus an area to unwind with the Sunday papers, coffee on tap, a toddler play area, and the highly competitive 'Chocolate Bar Challenge’.

  • The messy bits and food!
  • In Church
  • Cool science at Messy Church with Stuart and Andy
  • Watching the science experiments
  • Cool science at Messy Church with Stuart and Andy
  • Cool science at Messy Church with Stuart and Andy
  • Making percussion instruments to make a loud storm
  • Enjoying our meal
  • Pete builds a house upon the rock

What is it?

It’s for families, children and others and is held on the second Sunday of the month at 4 00 p.m. in St Mary’s Church and church rooms.

Messy Church is our attempt to be church for families who might want to belong to their local church, meet Jesus, and bring up their children as Christians but either can’t cope with the normal Sunday morning church services or find a morning service difficult to get to.

It’s a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and eating together. It’s made up of 3 parts – the messy bit, the service, the eating bit.

We start off in the church rooms with messy things like cooking, creating posters, painting, creative crafts and other messy stuff. Families can work together or in groups. There will be something for all ages.

Then we move into church for a 15 minute service of singing, story and prayer. Then we eat together.

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