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Health & safety

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.

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.

Linda kindly emailed today with a warning about one of the craft activities about a danger I hadn't foreseen. Many thanks, Linda:

The wonderful, thorough and conscientious Jenny Brandon has been researching what she needs to do to meet the regulations for food hygiene for her Messy Church. We both thought her discoveries would be useful to other teams, so here's the correspondence:

I've had a couple of emails recently from leaders with a BIG problem: they fear too many people coming to Messy Church! So put that in your 'church is dead' pipe and smoke it, oh people who say church attendance is dropping irredeemably.

But it is a problem, as nobody wants to turn folk away, but at the same time, you need to keep things safe and manageable and have some level of intimacy. I'll copy one of the emails below with my answer, but if you have any further inspiration, do email me and I'll share your wisdom around.