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 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!
Messy Church in 2018
There will be no Messy Church in August.
The next Messy Church will be on Tuesday, 4th September, 3.30-5.30 pm, as usual in the Parish Hall. Everyone is welcome to join us for the story (and, dare we say, the ‘jokes’), the singing, the fun and the crafts – and we will end by sharing a meal together before we go home. It’s all free, and all ages are welcome – but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Do come along and join in the fun!
For further details, please use the CONTACT form on this website.
Other dates for Messy Church in 2018 will be:
October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th.