Messy Church has sprung up across the country and when you look carefully you see it is beginning to spread over the world crossing all denominational barriers — and what's more it is rumoured to be fun!.
Now if your knowledge of Messy Church is a bit sketchy (to say the least) then there are some things you should know. First of all it is a form of church — a form of church that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It mainly happens once a month and will include a welcome, a long creative time to explore the Biblical theme (the messy bit), a short celebration time that can involve story, prayer, song and games and a sit down meal together at tables. All of these elements are for people of all ages.
And the people it is aimed at are mainly people who don't belong to another form of church.
Is it just for children?
No it isn't! Everyone is welcomed, everyone is involved and everyone is valued. It's a church for people at all stages of their faith journey both children and adult.
Messy Church has grown from simple beginnings. It began in 2004 near Portsmouth springing out of a belief that the church wasn't reaching enough people in general, and local families in particular, that they weren't using their buildings enough and that it was time something was done about it! So they chose to try do something that would involve all ages learning and growing in faith together.
They decided early on that it was important for Messy Church to have a set of values that should be adhered to if it was to succeed. Every element of each session should be relevant and accessible to all ages. The activities should be 'hands on' reflecting a God of creativity. The hospitality should reflect a God of unconditional love and provide a safe place in which to thrive. The celebration part reflects a God of joy who wants people to enjoy life in all its fullness. From these small beginnings it has spread far and wide and continues to grow.
Messy Church happens in the Chester and Delamere Forest Circuit. The selection of pictures here come from recent Messy Churches. If you would like to find out more, you would be welcome at any of the sessions at any church.
But when is Messy Church?
Kelsall — first Monday of the month 4 — 6pm
Tarvin — third Wednesday of the month 5 — 7pm
Kingsley Hurst — first Thursday of the month 4.30 — 6.30pm
Caldy Valley — Third Monday 4 — 6pm
The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) was involved from the start and supports Messy Church by helping with resources and training.
Visit their website for more information
Wesley Church Centre CH1 1DA — Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts
September 26th Kell Wind Trio (Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon)
Retiring Collection in aid of Wesley Church Centre
Saughall MC CH1 6EN — Wednesday Coffee Morning — All Welcome
Tarvin MC CH3 8EE — Soup Lunch at Tarvin is the second and fourth Thursdays of the month
from September to May. There is no charge but donations are welcome. All profits go
to charity. Last year they were split equally between Compassion: a charity through which we support the education of two children in Guatemala, Tarporley Hospital and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.