Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we’ve gone virtual for Messy Church until further notice.
General information about the Messy Church program is below, for your information.
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What is Messy Church?
Messy Church is an all age worship experience that explores God’s love in an accessible way. At Messy Church today’s busy households of all shapes and sizes are invited into a welcoming space to experience faith. Messy Church usually meets once a month. Everyone is welcomed as they are. Whether you are single or partnered, young or old, tidy or messy, have questions or doubts, are filled with joy or struggling with life you will be welcomed at Messy Church.
What to expect at Messy Church
Messy Church is Fun. All ages gather to engage in activities, crafts and games that bring the month’s biblical story to life. Messy Church is Faith. Following the activities and crafts, all ages join in a short celebration with an interactive bible story, music and prayer. Messy Church is Food. Each Messy Church concludes with a meal. Sitting at the table with new and old friends sharing the stories of our real and messy lives!
The principles of Messy Church are:
- To provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together
- To help people of all ages feel that they belong in church and to each other
- To help people have fun together
- To give people a chance to express their God-given creativity
- To invite people into an experience of Christian community
- To introduce people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories, and worship.
Values of Messy Church
Christ-centered: Messy Church is a church, not a craft club that helps people to encounter and enter into a transforming relationship with Jesus. Messy Church believes with the historic churches, in one God who is Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer (or in traditional language, Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
All-age: Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together. Every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.
Creativity: Messy Church uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.
Celebration: Messy Church reflects a God of joy who wants all of God’s people to have life in all its fullness.
Hospitality: Messy Church reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside of a traditional church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe place in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together- whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, a full course meal or pizza.
Messy Church Introductory Video
The Messy Church Movement
Messy Church began at a small church in England in 2004 by founder Lucy Moore. Bible Reading Fellowship, a charity in the UK is the global home for Messy church. Today there are close to 4000 Messy Churches throughout the world. Messy Churches are led by laity and clergy from a large variety of denominations including Espiscopalian, Salvation Army, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and United Church of Christ and many more.
Messy Church @Lewinsville
Messy Church is a once-monthly time when families come together to enjoy being together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together through his word, through music and through prayer. It’s different from a children’s activity day because it’s an event for children and their caregivers or parents together, and it’s more than a local fun day because of the element of worship that underpins it all.
With Messy Church we are trying to be a worshipping community of all ages, centered on Christ, showing Christian hospitality–giving people a chance to express their creativity, to sit down together to eat a meal and have fun within a church context.
Messy Church Program – Fall 2020
How Virtual Messy Church will work: We will be meeting virtually via ZOOM until further notice. Here’s how our program will work!
- A Package containing the supplies for all the crafts and activities for the month will be sent to your home. These supplies will also contain the weekly Mini Mess activities that follow the monthly Messy Church theme.
- Once a month we will hold a Zoom Messy Church on Sunday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending with a family worship service.
- The link to the monthly Messy Church Zoom will be sent via email to participants.
- The Mini Mess publications will be sent weekly via email for parents and children to learn from and enjoy at home.
- Adult Break-Out Zoom will be held the Sundays following Messy Church to continue the exploration of the theme.
Focus for Fall 2020: This fall (September-October) we will be offering a special hybrid class that combines Messy Church for children and youth with adult education for parents. We will start by using “WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE (FOR ME)?” This class will be a chance for parents and children to come together to learn about the Bible.
- What is it? Why is it so important?
- What is it’s one story? And how do all the other stories fit into the one?
- And most importantly, what does it have to do with me?
Our once a month a Messy Church will be held as an introduction to the theme for the Month followed by “break out” sessions guided by Mini Mess activities on the following Sundays. The once-a-month Messy Church will feature family activities that introduce the Biblical message and a family worship time that will feature storytelling, music and communion.
Messy Church Scope and Sequence for the 2020-2021 Program Year
September 20 Theme: What’s in the Bible (For Me)? Part 1-Old Testament
October 11 Theme: What’s in the Bible (For Me)? Part 2-New Testament
November 1 Theme: Blessed to be a Blessing/The Beatitudes
December 6 Theme: Advent/”Christingle”
January 3 Theme: Shine Like a Star
January 31 Theme: The Lord’s Prayer
March 7 Theme: Lent/Stations of the Cross
April 4 Theme: Messy Easter
May 2 Theme: Messy Pentecost
June 6 Theme: Amazing Prophets-Jonah/”Just Keep Swimming”
July 4 Theme: Amazing Prophets-Elijah/God’s Cook-Out
No Messy Church in August