Messy Church


Messy Church News:

Messy Church starts again on September 29th in Kirtlington Church, 4 – 5.30pm.

There will be some of the same ingredients: a lovely hot meal, creative activities for all the family and games, a celebration time with Bible story and some songs.

BUT, with a brand new planning team we are adding in some exciting new ideas, activities for all to join in and with special appeal for the 7 plus age group.

So come along and try out the new look Messy Church and find out what makes Messy Church Mark 2 fizz and whizz!

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a nation-wide movement of people meeting together to enjoy being creative and to celebrate the Creator in an informal gathering, where it is fun to be messy.

Who is it for?

Messy Church is for all ages, though it mainly appeals to families. Adults join in and have as good a time as the children! You don’t have to be ‘churchy’ – in fact, Messy Church was established for those who didn’t see themselves as church-goers at all. We welcome everybody, and everybody should feel at home with us. In the Akeman Benefice it is for those who live in one of the 7 villages, or their friends. Our only restriction is that children need to come with an adult: Messy Church is not a child-minding service or a “Sunday School”. And we don’t want adults to miss out on the messy activities!

What happens?

From 4pm people arrive, and join in the crafts. These are on the theme of the day: a Bible story or an idea.

4.45 – 5pm is celebration time, with the story, some singing, and prayer. It is inter-active and lively.

5pm – 5.30, the celebration continues with food, eg a baked potato, baked beans and salad, or pasta bake.

Then it’s time to go home with the crafts you’ve made, and, for the team running it, to clear up and collapse…

Where and when does it happen?

Messy church takes place in Kirtlington Church, once a month, on the fourth Sunday, between 4 and 5.30pm.

Does it cost?

No, you don’t have to pay to get in. Just turn up and enjoy yourself! We do ask for a donation towards the cost of the food and resources (suggested £2 per person,) but that is up to you entirely.

Is my child too young, or too old?

We try to have activities that suit all ages. There is a play area and always plenty of picture books for littlies. Teenagers are surprised to find that they enjoy themselves, too!