Family Worship on Sunday Afternoons 

Messy Church is now a year old: Kitty Sage explains all

Have you ever thrown a paper plane off the church balcony? Walked around the building on your journey to Jerusalem? Been offered coffee before the service? Regular worshippers at Messy Church can answer yes to all these!

Messy Church at St Michael’s has been running for less than a year and has a faithful congregation comprising familiar faces and, excitingly, some new members. It offers something different from our other Sunday services and reaches out to those in our parish who don’t get along regularly to our other services. Everyone is welcome – families, and people on their own, both young and old.

Like every service at St Michael’s, Messy Church is Christ-centred. We want people to encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We meet once a month and the focus is on hospitality, exploring our faith creatively, and celebrating God together. After coffee there is an hour of activities, a half-hour gathering where we sing and learn from the Bible, and then dinner.

Each week we explore a different theme. February saw us thinking about “Jesus the Light of the World”. We made lighthouses with real lights, did an obstacle course blindfolded, painted glass jars to make tea-light holders, and we tried to work out what was in a bag using our hands but not our eyes. During the activities we thought about how lights help us to see and how far away they can be seen. We understood that Jesus, uniquely, shines throughout the whole world. He is the light that sustains us, and by whom we see everything.

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The food we share afterwards reminds us of a God who is generous. He wants us to enjoy good things and share them with others. In keeping with this generosity, Messy Church has no charge to those who attend, though some people choose to make a small donation. We would welcome your prayers: specifically - that we keep reaching out to new members, that we are able to engage meaningfully with adults, and that we are able to attract more children aged eight and over.

It would be great to have more help with running the activities – please contact Jonathan Brooks if you are able to help out on the occasional Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, feel free to join us one Sunday at 4pm.

Find out more on the Messy Church part of our website.