Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It's primarily for people who don't already belong to another form of church.
The idea is to meet at a time and a place that suits people who don't already belong to church. It typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore the biblical theme for the day, through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a sit-down meal together at tables. All elements are for, and should include, people of all ages, adults and children. It's all-age. It's fun. It's a church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any.
- It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family, and a global and local church family. Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. We are now holding a Messy Church once a month, alternating between St. Mary’s Church Hall and the Church of The Holy Spirit, Southway.
We have been hosting Messy Church for over 7 years and they have all been a great success.
Unfortunately, our Messy Church events had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. However, we are pleased to say we held our first one of the new era on Saturday 18th December 2021 at St. Mary's Church Hall from 4pm - 6pm.
The monthly Together@Ten services are usually held on the 3rd Sunday each month at 10am. We invite you to come with your family as we worship God together, with the help of Jack and Jill, our friendly puppets who help us explore the story of the day. The next one is on Sunday 15th May 2022 as there will not be one in April as it will be Easter Day when it would have been held. We shall be having a Family Communion Service on Easter Day instead.
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If you would like to be involved in helping in any way from craft to catering and sharing God’s love with our community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Standard weekly time table: (Subject to the latest information about Coronavirus)
10.00 am Family Communion (CW) (1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays each month)
10.00 am Together@Ten - All Age Praise Informal worship for people of all ages with regular visits from our puppets, Jack and Jill (3rd Sunday each month)
10.00 am Partnership Service of Holy Communion (CW) (Last Sunday in the month - alternates between the 2 Churches)
6.30 pm Evensong (BCP) (2nd and 4th Sundays each month)
6.30 pm Informal worship (1st Sunday each month)
6.30 pm Holy Communion (CW) (3rd Sunday each month)
11 am Holy Communion (BCP) on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
- [BCP = 1662 Book of Common Prayer: CW = Common Worship]