Messy Church


Messy Church

4th Sunday 4pm - 6pm Messy Church
(Messy Church meets in the Church Centre)

We meet in the Church Centre on the 4th Sunday in the month at 4pm. All children welcome, but we ask that you bring your family with you; parents or grandparents.

There are activities based around a theme, followed by a short service in church, returning
to the Church Centre for a meal.

Messy Church Format

St Martin’s church has been successfully running Messy Church at St Martin’s Church
Centre (Main Street) for 4 years now. Messy Church sessions are held on the 4th Sunday of
each month starting at 4pm. Each session is based around a Christian theme and we keep
to the traditional Messy values about being Christ centred, for all ages and based on
creativity, hospitality and celebration. Messy Church is a way of being church for
families which involves a whole host of fun.
It is church session, not a craft club, which helps families encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
in a relaxed, enjoyable, and interactive way.

We are blessed to have a great team of welcoming volunteers who are brave enough to dive
into supervising the messiest of crafts, are unflappable in the kitchen catering for unknown
numbers at meal time, and delivering engaging, interactive child centric, short Christian
services in our church.

Each Messy Church session will cover a bible story or Christian values for example
Forgiveness, Love, Prayer, Sin and Repentance.

New families are always welcome; (all children are required to be accompanied by a
responsible adult please). The session begins with the children, mums, dads and grandparents
getting creative with the crafts, sticky with glue, glitter and paints and become Jamie Olivers
with bible baking. The room becomes a lively and joyous place, somewhere to spend quality
time as a family and to meet others.  

The next Messy element is our celebration where we all go into church for our short service.
Our worship is very relaxed, understanding that children have a short attention span
and often have trouble sitting still!

Our final Messy element is to sit down and eat a hot meal together and our amazing kitchen
team are ready to serve tea as soon as we finish our celebration.

Sessions are provided by St Martin’s free of charge although we welcome donations.

If you have any questions or would just like to be placed on the Messy Email circulation
so you can see what is going on each month, please contact
Kay Smith (Messy Organiser ) –, Tel: 07928 657736

Messy Church At St. Martin's Desford

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