Messy Church is a fast growing ministry that continues to engage and build relationships with thousands of people outside the usual church context. It is an all age expression of church that encourages families to come together, to make, to eat and to celebrate God. It is a church for people at all ages and stages of their faith journey and of any age.
- is a way of being church for families involving fun
- is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
- is found across the world values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration
Messy Church is resourced, supported and enabled by BRF as one of its core ministries.
Useful Documents on Messy Church
Holy Communion in Messy Church is a really helpful guide to doing Messy Church Communion in an Anglican setting. It includes Bible themes that would be great as themes leading to Holy Communion, providing a variety of rich stories to explore the sacrament. As well as some activities suggested for these themes. Written by Messy Church, BRF and the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England 2017.
Key Books and Resources on Messy Church
BRF publishes a range of books on Messy Church with everything you need from crafts to food and storytelling ideas. You can find useful and informative infomation on the Messy Church website.
Get Messy!: Session Material, News, Stories and Inspiration for the Messy Church Community
Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.
Messy Church: Fresh Ideas for Building a Christ-Centred Community
Overflowing with creative ideas to draw the community together for fun, food, fellowship and worship, this resource book contains 15 themed programme outlines. Each outline has ideas for creative art and craft activities, meal plans and recipes for eating together and family-friendly worship. Messy Church grew out of one church's desire to reach out to those on the fringes of the church community and experience the love of Christ through creativity, fellowship and worship together.
- Aberdeen - Julie Quantrill - email@example.com
- Dumfries and Galloway – Renita Boyle firstname.lastname@example.org
- Edinburgh and the borders, Fife, Dundee – Reuben Addis - email@example.com
- Glasgow and Ayrshire - Paul Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Highlands - Nicola Slater - email@example.com
- Lanarkshire -Jen Robertson - Jen.Robertson@suscotland.org.uk
- Shetland - Rachel Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
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