Messy Church

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The Messy Church that just keeps growing

Tim Sanderson, Cafe HT, Holy Trinity Church - 03 Feb 2015
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It was two years ago on the 26th January 2013 that we began to offer our monthly Messy Church on Saturday mornings at Holy Trinity Church in Jesmond, Newcastle. Our hope was to engage more deeply with the existing network of young families who came regularly to our church Toddler Group.

Two years on, Messy Church has become a major strand of our mission and outreach and we are so grateful to God for all he is doing through this work. Numbers have consistently risen over the two years - and at the moment attendance at each event is between 250-300 people - over half are adults, 40% of whom are men. We are amazed by the numbers and face real challenges about how to engage with so many people.

Whilst we are not expecting our Messy Church community to necessarily come to church on Sundays, we saw a good number of families at our Nativity service and carol services, even Christmas Day, and when we put on cafe-style Sunday services, many come along too. We are currently writing material for a short discipleship course, as well as offering parenting classes and one off 'come and find out more about what we believe' sessions. Our hope is to draw together some of those who come to Messy Church into a more defined Fresh Expression that keeps some of the Messy Church character, and complements Sunday worship. I love the way Messy Church challenges the whole church community to think further about why we are here and what God wants us to do next. Please pray for us as we try to keep up with all that God is doing amongst us - we thank God so much for the gift Messy Church is to us. You can find out more on our Facebook page.