Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community

For leaders

This DVD tells the story of Messy Church and explores the issues it raises through conversations with leaders from around the UK and meeting the children and adults who make up the congregations.

How to run your very own Messy Nativity Advent project
Jane Leadbetter

Mayhem, madness and magnificence... Messy Nativity!
Rev Jean Flood, Mission in the Economy, Liverpool

A beginner's guide for churches by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter.

Fifteen sessions for exploring the Christian life with families by Lucy Moore. A new resource for Messy Churches, providing a further 15 sessions focused around key 'Christian basics' themes such as prayer and reading the Bible. There is also an introduction exploring and addressing situations that have arisen in different Messy Churches.

Messy Prayer

Developing the prayer life of your Messy Church
Jane Leadbetter

Equipping your Messy team to pray and encourage others to do so, both within and outside the Messy Church context.

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches

50 activity ideas for the adventurous
Peter Maidment, Barry Brand

Messy Family Fun

A holiday club for all the family
Lucy Moore

'Nothing else we've tried has had anything like the same impact'

Fun, low-cost holiday time for your Messy Church families that strengthens their relationships with each other - and yours with them!

Messy Family Fun gives you everything you need to run a holiday club programme for children and adults together. It includes:

Make the most of your Messy Church celebration time. Messy Church celebration plays a key part in communicating God's love to the families who come along, but it can be the hardest part of the session to get right.

Want to do Messy Church even better? Need to re-energise your team?

One of the best ways of getting good ideas is to see how another church does Messy Church and to welcome critical friends to yours.

Exploring the significance of Messy Church for the wider church
George Lings


Messy Church Theology is the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church. Through essays by contributors from a variety of church and academic backgrounds and case studies by Messy Church practitioners, it gathers together some of the discussions around Messy Church and assesses the impact of this ministry, placing it in the context of wider developments within the church community.