Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


This article appeared in Get Messy! Jan-April 2015 and is proving a very encouraging and thought-provoking one. So here it is as a taster for those of you who don't subscribe already.

Revd Stuart Stobart from St. Aidan's Church. Hellifield and St. Mary's Church, Long Preston emailed us about a very interesting rural expression of Messy Church: Messy Church in a home. We obviously wanted to know more, so here is Stuart’s story:

Its all a very experimental at the moment, but here goes......

18 months ago I moved from a large suburban church in Clayton, Bradford where I set up their Messy Church into two small deep rural villages in the Yorkshire Dales. Long Preston has 600 residents and Hellifield has 1400, so the dynamics are very different.

Antony Worrall Thompson is very supportive of Messy Church and has kindly provided this set of recipes he thinks might be suitable either for Messy Church or to encourage families to cook and eat together: enjoy!

A wonderful group of Messy Church enthusiasts came to Lee Abbey last year to find out more about Messy Church. One was Alison Thurlow from Yate near Bristol. She emailed with some very good ideas right from the coalface:

Working with people from outside the church

As food is dear to the Messy heart, here's a great idea to get families eating together in your area: The Big Lunch!

You plant food this month with the aim of eating it together at a big lunch party next month on 19 July. (Personally I may have a cucumber ripe but otherwise we'll be eating nothing but stunted basil and the odd nasturtium. Tempting, I know.)

Again, coming from Elizabeth Caldwell's book Come Unto Me (see blog entry of 05 Jan 09): TABLES are really important in homes. On the Ikea website the slogan for the dining section is 'Eat. Work. Play. Get together.'