Messy admin

Forms, documents and advice for the use of those leading and planning a Messy Church session

Volunteers role descriptions

DBS regulations require churches to provide role descriptions for all volunteers. This is a helpful PDF which you can use to adapt your own circumstances and Messy Churches.

How Messy Churches can make best use of email (and the small print)

A short introduction Lots of Messy Churches use email to keep members up to date. The aim of this resource is to help churches know a bit about the legal landscape so that any emails you send to members jump through all the legal loopholes.

Food registration advice for Messy Churches

Our team have had some correspondence with an Environmental Health Officer who has provided some helpful advice that Messy Church leaders need to take on board to make sure Messy Churches meet all the rules and regulations around food hygiene. We would also expect based on this guidance that all Messy Churhces would need to inform their local authorities about the level of food provision they are making. Please ensure that your Messy Church is following your churches own policy regarding Food Hygiene and preparation.

Safeguarding policy example documents

If you haven't done so yet, do read our safeguarding page. One Messy Church helpful sent in their safeguarding documents. These are available to download so you can compare with your own. Laura MacBean writes:

Messy Church Risk Assessment

This Risk Assessment is intended to be a useful document specific to the activity time in Messy Church. It should help a team consider any risks beforehand and make sure appropriate measures are put in place to make sure both people and property are kept safe. It isn't intended to be used by the kitchen team as cooking has its own discrete set of risks.

Advice on taking photographs

When BRF and Messy Church are working on any photography or filming, we gain written consent from parents/guardians of children. If you wish to use photographs from your Messy Church for any purpose, you need to gain consent from parents/guardians. We recommend you visit the NSPCC website for detailed information so you can establish your own policy on this. You can also download example consent forms.

Registration form

We've put together a helpful form that you can use for families to register at your Messy Church. You may want to use this as a template. The form includes space for attendees at your Messy Church to give: Their name, dietary needs and date of birth Their address, postcode, email, telephone and mobile numbers Consent for photos to be taken In addition they can say whether they are interested in:

Messy Church planning grid

This handy grid will hopefully help you to plan your next session for Messy Church.