What is Messy Church?
*Please see foot of this feature for details of the next Messy Church
Our aim in Moretonhampstead is to provide Christian hospitality to local families who may not have the chance to experience sitting down and having fun within a church context. And it is fun! We usually meet on the *first Tuesday of each month during school termtime at 3.30 pm in the Parish Hall in Moretonhampstead. Each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult. (*Please do check the final section of this web page where exceptions to the ‘first Tuesday’ rule are given.)
At 3.30 pm, we meet in the Parish Hall and enjoy a cup of tea or squash with a biscuit, before we start our celebrations with a story, prayers and a song. Each time we have a different Bible theme and we try to follow this through to our craft time which follows. Each crafts is supervised by an adult from our Messy Church Team, and yes – it can get messy! The children love to paint, cut out, create and sometimes dress up and make things to take home. We love it when the grown-ups join in!
Just before 5 pm we all sit down for a hot meal together and enjoy the home-made cakes which follows! We leave for home at 5.30 pm.
It’s all fun and it’s FREE!
We hope to help people from our community feel that they belong in a church environment and that they become part of our Christian family. Through having fun, we trust that they will be able to express their God-given creativity and come to know Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.
Look at what we got up to when Messy Church was all about feeding 5,000 hungry people on very little food, and we learned that God will do more for us than we can ever imagine if we offer him all that we have. The children enjoyed a story, singing and craft time and then we all went up to The Sentry (a nearby field) for a picnic – the weather was perfect!
Our next Messy Church will be on the second Tuesday of January: Tuesday 9th January, when we shall meet as usual in the Parish Hall, 3.30 pm-5.30 pm, and enjoy the story (and, dare we say, the ‘jokes’), the singing and the fun, and will end by sharing a meal together. Do come and join us. It’s all free! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Reminder! In January, we shall have Messy Church on Tuesday, 9th January – the second Tuesday – for next month only.
Other dates for Messy Church in 2018 will be:
February 6th, March 6th. No Messy Church in April, but there will be an Easter Activity in church.
May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd. There will be no Messy Church in August.
September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th.