Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community

Why start a Messy Church?

Some good reasons

  • We want to make disciples.
  • The people in our area who don't belong to church would like coming to a Messy Church.
  • We want to share the love of God in Jesus in a way that's as accessible as possible to families.
  • We believe that the best way for people of all ages to come closer to God is by journeying together.
  • We want to share Jesus more than we want to share our particular denominational traditions.
  • We want to model who Jesus is to those around us.
  • We believe God is in Messy Church and we want to follow where he leads.
  • We think Jesus is the person to give people in our community life in all its fullness.
  • And many more. (In fact, many more good reasons than bad ones, we find, as we hear people getting excited at Messy Church training events, which is reassuring.)

Some possible less good reasons

  • It's the latest thing so it must be good.
  • The church up the road is running a Messy Church so we need to or we'll get left out.
  • The minister says we need one.
  • We need younger people in our church to do the jobs we used to do when we were young.
  • We want to revamp our Sunday congregation.
  • We want to get together for a nice sociable time with knitting and painting.
  • It sounds fun.
  • We're bored with sermons and want to change.
  • I have a stationery fetish that I can indulge shamelessly.