So what IS Messy Church?
Not to be confused with Messy Play (which is just for under-5s), nor just about doing messy creative crafts (although we might do some of those too), Messy Church is so called in the sense that all our lives are messy – real, imperfect and not always tidy or orderly. Messy Church is about coming as we are – without needing to define what we do, or do not believe or know. We take away from the session whatever thoughts we choose, while meeting with others in a fun and friendly atmosphere. It is Church because there are opportunities to find out a little more about God, or to celebrate some of the good things in our lives with a choice of activities and responses. In some of the most famous Bible stories God welcomes imperfect people with open arms – messy lives and all! We aim to provide a similarly warm welcome to everyone, whether coming for the first time or seasoned regulars who know to expect a time of fun, informality and friendliness.
Messy Church dates for 2019 are: Sundays 27th January, 10th March and 19th May 3.30 – 5 pm at St Mary’s School plus Good Friday 19th April 3.30 – 5 pm at Stansted Free Church, Chapel Hill