Messy Church

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Our values

Messy Church values are:


Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship which believes, with the historic churches, in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together. Every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.


Messy Church uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.


Messy Church reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together – whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, or sausage and mash.


Messy Church reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.

If you want to read more about these values and how we express them, look across the site at content tagged with Values.

* Please note:

Each Messy Church must adhere to health and safety and safeguarding laws and guidelines and have established health and safety and safeguarding policies in place that it can provide on request. BRF cannot be held responsible for any matters relating to health and safety or safeguarding in respect of any Messy Church.


A bit about learning styles

Children are an integral part of the congregation and are both models of discipleship and disciples themselves, as are the adults who play the same dual roles. You'll see an experienced Christian learning from a less experienced one and vice versa; a child teaching an adult; sometimes one family learns from another en masse; sometimes the Christian community demonstrates how to live for Jesus to those who don't yet know him; sometimes a parent teaches a child something.

lf discipleship needs a mixture of formal learning, informal learning and social learning, Messy Church has elements of all three as it (formally) explores the Bible through activities and storytelling, provides opportunities for informal conversation and observation, and encourages different levels of social learning both at the gathered Messy Church and in encouragement to take that learned faith back into the home during the rest of the month.

Of the three styles of learning, Messy Church is stronger on the social and informal ways of learning.