Messy Church at Christ Church started in February 2014. Our first year has been a time of enjoyment, learning, growing and, yes, being messy. We had a lot of questions when we started: here are some of the answers.
What happens at Messy Church?
Creativity is a God-given gift in itself and a large part of each session is taken up with crafts which are intended to appeal to different ages, abilities and interests.
Later on we move to a time of celebration which may include songs, stories, drama and prayer… and then it’s time to eat together.
Find out more about Messy Church on our Messy Church page
Who comes to Messy Church?
All sorts of families! Some have no other connection with church at all. Some are involved in groups such as Toddler Club, Scouts and Guides, and others join in activities at other churches (including Messy Church!). We include members of Christ Church, friends of members, friends of friends. We are of different nationalities, backgrounds and ages, all enjoying being together.
Messy Church is currently led by Ellen Dann and Megan Gibbins. They are supported by a large team of helpers who supervise the craft activities, provide the meals, operate the PA system and projector, clear up afterwards and contribute in many different ways to making Messy Church happen. As with everything we do at Christ Church, all our leaders and helpers follow our child protection procedures.
Why do we do Messy Church?
We love being messy in Christ Church! We’ve been using paint, glue, dough, icing and glitter for as long as anyone can remember. We also love helping to build relationships: within families, between generations, between Christ Church and the wider community, between each person and Jesus. Put all that together and you’ve got Messy Church.
Where does Messy Church happen?
We never cease to be grateful for our modern well-equipped building which provides us with two large halls to host the different activities that make up Messy Church. We held a session outdoors during the summer, and keep on experimenting and learning.
When is Messy Church?
Starting the sessions at 4.00 on Saturday afternoons gives families plenty of time to enjoy other activities during the day. We finish with a meal, and by 6.00 many of the children have used up their remaining energy and are ready to go home and to bed.
Holding Messy Church monthly – on the second Saturday of each month – makes it a regular event but also allows each one to be a bit special.