Messy Church

Next Messy Church:

Saturday March 14, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

The March theme is “Messy Lent.” But what is Lent?

Lent is a season for growing in God’s love, and all of us, whether children or adults, still have a lot of growing up to do! That’s why many people choose to give something up this time of year, and it is also why we gather together! Playing games, making crafts, praying together, listening to Bible stories, and sharing a meal all help us to learn and grow toward a faith that embraces the messiness of life.

We hope you will join us for an evening of fun as we grow together in God’s love.  

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What is Messy Church?

God’s love in an accessible way

At Messy Church today’s busy families of all shapes and sizes are invited into a welcoming space to experience faith. Messy Church 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.

All ages gather to engage in activities, crafts and games that bring the month’s biblical story to life.
Following the activities and crafts, all ages join in short celebration with an interactive bible story, music and prayer.
Each Messy Church concludes with a meal. Sitting at a table with new and old friends, sharing the stories of our real and messy lives!

Why is it called “Messy Church”?
Lucy Moore, the founder of Messy Church writes that the name was an invitation to “reach families that were on the ‘messy edges’ of church who weren’t ‘tidily’ congregation already. It’s also a church for people whose lives may be messy – perhaps in the past the Church has too often appeared to be saying that we only welcome people whose lives are well-ordered.”
(Lucy Moore, BBC Songs of Praise, 2013)

Messy Church Dates 2019-2020

Saturdays 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

September 14  A Home for All
October 12  Esther’s Bravery
November 16  Money Matters
December 14  Messy Advent
January 11 Park Meet-up offsite
February 8  Bible Roads
March 14  Messy Lent
April 5  Palm Sunday Activities (Note the date change)
May 9  Messy Baptism*
June 13  Seaside with Jesus
July 11*  Jesus is the True Vine
August   Summer Break Beach Meet-Up

*Revised 02/2020


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Read the Messy Church article in the August 2018 Sentinel by Tricia Guerrero, Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries