Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


Thank you to Lindsey at Community United Methodist Church Messy Church, Huntington Beach, California, USA for allowing us to publish her story.

Our Messy Church is always very popular, over 100 people on the register and families on a waiting list. The last few sessions were only attended by 20 or so people, where ususally we have 40-50. I decided (perhaps foolishly) that saving places for people who did not attend regularily was unfair to those on the waiting list. So for the September Messy Church I opened it to anyone who wanted to come. Disaster! We catered craft wise and food wise for 40-50 people. 74 came through the door.

A rallying call from Elizabeth Caldwell's book (pp. 6-8):

To rebuild the household of faith we need to be hospitable, become better listeners, and live with imagination.