Messy Church

Tuesday, January 21

1-21By Barrie Fox of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England

“Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you.”

—Job 22:21

Over the last few months my congregation has been using the Messy Church program one Sunday a month. It has become popular in many denominations in the British Isles. Messy Church replaces the normal Sunday school and worship service.

It seeks to minister to as many regular attenders as possible and to add many others from the community. The response has been good, and Messy Church is now a lively activity, offering creative and imaginative work and play in a Christian setting. It is the best attended of our Sunday-morning services and activities.

It is called Messy Church because people do get messy as they become involved in craft projects, creative worship, music, and singing. An inexpensive and cheerful meal is provided at the end of the session. This offers opportunity to eat, talk, and laugh together. The whole idea is to invite people to come together, create together, eat and celebrate Christ’s mission. We Invite People to Christ.

Messy Church is an intergenerational experience that provides a sense of being equally valued. It provides an informal environment for an hour or two for all to explore worship, share together, and celebrate life and the Blessings of Community.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, we thank you for opportunities to Invite People to Christ. There is a place at the table for everyone to share in Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Invite People to Christ
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b and 163:2b. Pray to be aware of people who might be receptive, and therefore blessed, by your sharing of the message of the Living Christ. Imagine being in relationship with them and inviting them to Christ. In preparation, discover your personal testimony of Christ. “Be persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.” Repeat this mantra throughout the day: “Christ’s mission, our mission, my mission.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I won’t pass up a chance to witness of your peace.

Leave a comment


  1. Larrene hagaman

     /  24 January 2014

    Love the creativity to reach out to more folks who will respond to the love of Jesus.

  2. Turrie Bath

     /  21 January 2014

    What a delightful concept….can you share any more of the creative ideas you have found successful? Too bad we are so far away by distance, would love to participate in Messy Church with you. May God continue to bless you in your creative ways to minister.

  3. Vera Entwistle

     /  21 January 2014

    What a unique idea! I could not help but smile as I read of the Messy Church. It sounds like a lot of fun for everyone! Many thanks for sharing. If ever we are back in England I will call to make sure we visit when you are having Messy Church. Love to you and yours.


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