Messy Church

Messy Church - what is it all about 

The Hall is buzzing with conversation. Around a table adults and children burst into laughter as they wrestle with metallic tubing and googly eyes and their teenage helpers despair of ever creating the promised artefact.

toddler slaps green paint on a huge sheet of card under the watchful eye of a Granny (not sure if they're related or not - it doesn't really matter). A five-year-old watches wide-eyed as an enthusiastic leader shows her how to bang in a nail.

There's a delicious smell wafting out of the kitchen. The ten-year-olds, intent on their glass-painting, agree it must be jacket potatoes.

The vicar takes a photo of the surreal result of the junk modelling and two mums catch up on the gossip as they drink welcome cups of tea and slowly decorate gift bags while their children make something unidentifiable but very chocolatey upstairs.

I would be panicking about the story for the celebration later, but there's a huge collage of The Great Banquet to assemble before five o'clock, the powder paint has proved a formidable weapon of mess creation in the hands of Jack, and we've barely got started on the lettering and whoops, someone's kicked over the gluepot...

Just another Messy Church.


Messy Church is a churches attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their locan church and bring up their children as Christians but can't cope or want an addition to traditional Sunday morning church services. If you want to learn more about how Messy Church works follow this link to the Messy Church website 

Messy Church - What's happening at All Hallows


If you want to know more about Messy Church or any of our events follow the contact links on the right-hand side of the page.