Messy Church is a jam-packed, chaotic, creative, fun, engaging programme for the whole family. It is not simply an arts and crafts club, but instead, aims to introduce and share the Gospel with families using a range of creative means. We want to provide the opportunity for families to encounter God and his message of love, hope and grace for each of us.
At Fortwilliam and Macrory, we currently have two Messy Churches operating on a monthly basis to reach the families connected to both of our sites. At Fortwilliam, Messy Church takes place on a Saturday afternoon, while at Macrory, it happens on a Friday evening. The Fortwilliam programme has been in action since November 2013, with Macrory kicked into touch a little later in Summer 2014. Both Messy Churches attract a wide demographic of people who are from various cultures and community backgrounds and it has proved popular with both children and adults alike.
The sessions are always relaxed and informal and typically include a range of creative activities, a story relating to the theme for that session, games and a time of sharing food together.
Check out the events page for upcoming dates of Messy Church sessions!
A Parents View on Messy Church
The kids and I have been going to Messy Church since it started. They love it so much in fact that when it is over it can be very hard to get them to actually leave the hall, and then try and get them in the car to come home.
The church hall is an excellent venue, it's large and spacious, so there is lots of room round the large tables set up round the room. There are always at least 7 large tables set out with different well planned, researched and thought out ideas. From play doh, to decorating little books to write your notes to God in. All these activities are based round the bible and what it stands for.
Messy Church is even great for the parents/grandparents, that bring the children, all the activity tables have church volunteers at them to help the children if they need it, so it's a great chance for us to meet up with friends and make new ones over a coffee and whatever goodies there are to eat.
I have told friends about Messy Church, and they have come and enjoyed it so much they keep coming back. I and my friends love Messy Church, as it is for the community and not just church members, it gives the children something to enjoy and have fun at, that is also church and faith based. Which is something I hope will stick with them as they get older.
Thanks Messy Church!