Messy Church

For details of the next Messy Church, please see the foot of this page – the section below the photos.

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What is Messy Church?


Messy Church takes place the first Tuesday of most months of the year in the Parish Hall in Moretonhampstead.  The whole benefice is invited to join in this event.

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 that follow!  We leave for home by 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!

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Messy Church in 2019

= The first Messy Church of 2019 will be on Tuesday 15th January =

If you haven’t been before, you will be sure of a warm welcome

In January, our Messy Church will be on Tuesday, January 15th … please note, it’s  a later date in the month than usual.  We shall meet at 3.30 pm in the Parish Hall when our theme will be On a Journey and there is talk of a maze, so I hope we can find our way!  There will be a story, singing, prayers, crafts  and of course … food!    We do hope you can join us. It’s fun and it’s free!  All are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

All of us at Messy Church wish you a very happy and blessed Christmas.

For further details, please use the CONTACT form on this website.