Messy Church is a way of being church for families, providing a time when families can come together to enjoy one another’s company, making things together, eating together, and worshipping together. Its values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.
Messy Churches are found across the UK – indeed, across the world. At St Saviour’s, our Messy Church meets once a month in term time, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Most children attending Messy Church are in primary school, although younger siblings are very welcome. Messy Church is for the whole family, and children need to be accompanied by an adult with responsibility for them.
A typical Messy Church begins with Registration from 3.30pm, so parents or carers can collect children from school and come straight to the Parish Centre. A drink and biscuit is provided till the main craft session begins. This is approximately an hour long and involves various creative activities all based around a particular Christian theme – perhaps a story from the Bible or a season such as Christmas. The craft session is followed by a short celebration service in Church with the sharing of a simple meal together at the end of the afternoon and finishing around 5.30pm.
Attendance at Messy Church is free. However, we invite a donation of around £1.20 per person to cover the cost of the meal.
For the date of the next Messy Church, or for more information, contact us, or alternatively complete the form below.