Session material

One-off complete session outlines for Messy Churches.

For more session material, see the Get Messy! magazine or our books.

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Toilet Twinning Messy Church session

It’s funny how something as earthy and humble as a toilet can be the basis for thinking about God’s limitless love for his people! God’s love longs for the best life possible for every human being. He made us as beings whose spirituality is inextricably linked to our bodies: our relationship with him and with each other, our worship, our well-being – these all work in bodily ways as well as in the realms of the soul or spirit. 

Drop Everything - a Messy Church session for Rural Mission Sunday

A new Messy Church session for Rural Mission Sunday 2019, created in collaboration with Germinate.

Prayers for times of change

These activities are designed to help pray through and for times of change. They can be used on their own or alongside other activities. Reconnecting love (download PDF) Join up a fractured paper heart and ask God to heal the broken world.

Messy Church Southwark Splash

Dunk, splash, ripple… At Southwark Splash on 19 January, we were reminded of some of the sounds that might have been heard as John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the River Jordan, before Bishop Karowei baptised three young Christians. Download the materials they used, which might be helpful if you are thinking of running a similar event.

Messy Church sessions themes

This is a comprehensive list of Messy Church sessions. Some are freely available on the website and some are from our paid books and resources.

Wesley's Wise Words

A Messy Church session about John Wesley, by Christine Slatcher. Download

Messy wedding

With the royal wedding approaching fast and stories coming in of upcoming Messy weddings, the Messy Church team has put together a session on weddings, based on the wedding at Cana in John 2. Download

Messy Palm Sunday

We've had lots of requests about Palm Sunday activities for Messy Church, particularly through our Facebook page. Palm Sunday is a feast that celebrates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem; there were palm leaves and coats on the ground which certainly sounds very Messy!

Messy Unfrozen

The popular Disney film Frozen has prompted quite a few Messy Churches to consider the Christian themes and values of the story about Real love. After many requests for help with ideas on Frozen themes we can now offer you a resource with  twelve activities including Bible verses, craft links, photographs and a short Celebration Time message with a creative prayer. Let us know how this resource works for you! Enjoy Sven cake decorating, sensory play, sock Olafs, troll potatoes and much more. With Jesus you are not frozen but unfrozen! 

SEND Messy Church Christmas Session

A session for Christmas sent in by Trish Hahn, SEND Coordinator for Messy Church Messy Church SEND Christmas Session Aim To enjoy Messy Sensory Fun & Fellowship at Christmas Food Christmas Buffet

Ideas based on Mark 10: 17-21 - The story of the rich young man

Sue Kalbfleisch, our Regional Coordinator in Canada, shares some great ideas based on Mark 10:17-21 (the story of the rich young man) and calls the theme 'Messy giveaways'. It focuses on the message of caring for others and giving to others. So, instead of making things during the activity time to take home for yourself, she created some special activities to make things to give away. Downloads:

Christian Aid Messy Church session

Messy Church and Christian Aid have enjoyed getting together to produce this Messy Church session based on the work of Christian Aid around the world. You could use it to explore our global Christian faith and to encourage your congregation to look outwards at the great work Christian Aid is doing with families in different countries. The session is about global justice and action against poverty because of God’s love for all his people rather than fundraising. Enjoy!

Messy Remembrance

On the Sunday nearest to 11 November, most churches hold a Service of Remembrance, marking the day when World War I ended; and this year (2018) is the 100th anniversary of the end of that war. Nowadays, we also remember all those who have lost their lives fighting in subsequent wars, and a two-minute silence is kept at 11.00 am.

Messy Month 2014

For Messy Month 2014, we've decided to celebrate the gift of family in its widest sense - both the messily diverse families who come to Messy Churches, the messy family of the church into which we've been adopted and the messy family that is the community in which we live - locally and globally. So we celebrate the sense of being family - being connected, being significant to others - whether we're single or married, young or old, with or without children, in stable relationships or short term ones.

Messy Month 2013

Messy Month is a chance to celebrate what God is doing in your Messy Church and in Messy Churches across the world

Authorised Mess

We asked 66 Messy Churches from anywhere in the world to choose a book of the Bible and to write a Messy Church outline on a story, verse or theme from that book. The end of the project saw 37 completed. These Messy Church sessions are available to use for free. View the books of the Bible below and download.

Messy Month 2012

Messy Month is a chance to celebrate and share all the Messy news and information with your other church congregations, inviting them to be part of the Messy ministry in prayerful, practical and financial ways, and to thank God for all he's doing through our Messy Churches.