Messy Church

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Couple of articles on mess in the press

Posted by Lucy Moore on 30 Aug 2011 (0 comments)

Thanks to our Canadian Regional (ha ha - Continental perhaps) Coordinator, Sue Kalbfleisch, for passing on this link - an article written by the Ven Patricia Drummond, Archdeacon of Fredericton, about Messy Church and her analysis of why it works.

Also to Roger Thompson and the efficient team at Larne in Northern Ireland for passing on their press release, which may be useful as a model for other people wondering how to do effective publicity. They attach a photo, a copy of the poster and the following:

Press Release 29 August 2011


Larne’s first ever 'Messy Church' is being launched this Sunday 4 Sept at 11.30am in the newly re-furbished Hall at All Saints' Church, Linn Road, Craigyhill. Called ASPIRE [All Saints Parents Infants Relatives Everyone] this is a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and fun aimed at young families.

Based on a groundbreaking idea now spreading in hundreds of churches all over the UK and overseas, 'Messy Church' is for families who want to meet Jesus and belong to a local church, but find traditional services hard to cope with (for more info, visit As ASPIRE team-leader Roger Thompson (Rector of St Patrick's with All Saints') explains, 'It's a more 'chilled' kind of service where children and adults have fun together making crafts, singing upbeat songs, having a cuppa and generally enjoying a relaxed atmosphere.'

Run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, the launch event this Sunday will tell the story of Noah's ark through puppets, songs and crafts. Singing will be led by local Mum Sharon Livingston - an experienced practicioner with 'Jo Jingles', the well-known providers of fun and interactive music, singing and movement classes. Other highlights include rock-guitar worship, biscuit-making, paper-plate pictures, animal masks, a Noah's Ark sticker book story plus tea, coffee & juice served up during the proceedings.

The venue for this new venture is the All Saints' Hall [situated just to the rear of the Linn Road Church], which has recently been totally transformed by a £50,000 face-lift. Funded with the help of a generous grant from the International Fund for Ireland administered by the Rural Development Council as part of the 'Maximising Community Space Crossing Borders Programme', improvements include a new toilet and access ramp for disabled users or parents with pushchairs, new windows and doors, an interior repaint and an enlarged kitchen.

ASPIRE is the first new event to take advantage of these facilities and it is hoped that it will attract families from right across the area. It will be running on the first Sunday of the month until next Easter, when its impact will be reviewed. Roger Thompson adds, 'Anyone wanting to come along this Sunday can be assured of a really warm welcome - and we think you’ll have a great time too!'


Contact: Roger Thompson [Rector of St Patrick's with All Saints]

Tel. 028 2858 3220, email: