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 Schedule 2019-2020
*Schedule for Celebration Sundays
9:30 am-10:15 am – Welcome & Activity Learning Centers (Fellowship Hall, lower level)
10:15 am-10:30 am – Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)
10:30 am-11:00 am – Breakfast (Fellowship Hall
**Schedule for Breakout Group Sundays
9:30 am-9:45 am – Opening Session
9:45 am-10:45 am – Divide into Three Groups: PreSchool (ages 3-5) will go to Room 6 for Joyful Noise/Godly Plan; Children (Grades 1-6) will remain in Fellowship Hall for a continuation of Messy Church Activity Centers and Themes led by the Youth; Adults will go to Room 25A for Break Out Discussions.
September 8: M.C. Celebration*: Messy Beginnings
September 15: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Creation, Noah, Abraham’s Family
September 22: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Creation, Noah, Abraham’s Family
September 29: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Creation, Noah, Abraham’s Family
October 6: No Messy Church due to All-Church Retreat
October 13: M.C. Celebration*: Moses and the People of God
October 20: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Moses, Wilderness
October 27: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Moses, Wilderness
November 3: M.C. Celebration*: Ruth – Loyalty, Love and Harvest
November 10: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Joshua, Judges, Kings & Prophets
November 17: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Joshua, Judges, Kings & Prophets
November 24: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Joshua, Judges, Kings & Prophets
December 1: M.C. Celebration*: Jesse Tree and the “I Ams”
December 8: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Birth of Christ
December 15: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Birth of Christ
December 22: No Messy Church due to Intergenerational Christmas Event
December 29: No Messy Church
January 5: M.C. Celebration*: Fishing for People
January 12: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Baptism, Wilderness, Disciples
January 19: M.C. Breakout Groups** : Baptism, Wilderness, Disciples
January 26: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Baptism, Wilderness, Disciples
February 2: No Messy Church due to Congregational Annual Meeting
February 9: M.C. Celebration*: Messy Parables
February 16: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Parables, Miracles
February 23: No Messy Church due to Shrove Pancake Brunch
March 1: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Messy Parables
March 8: M.C. Celebration*: Messy Lent
March 15: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Holy Week Events
March 22: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Holy Week Events
March 29: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Holy Week Events
April 5: No Messy Church due to Passion/Palm Sunday Service @10:00 am
April 12: No Messy Church due to Family Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt
April 19: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Resurrection Stories
April 26: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Resurrection Stories
May 3: M.C. Celebration*: Paul’s Journeys
May 10: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Teachings of Paul
May 17: M.C. Breakout Groups**: Teachings of Paul
May 24: M.C. Celebration*: Pentecost Power