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What is ‘Messy Church’ and who is it for…? Messy Church is an attempt to be church for people of all ages who might want to meet Jesus and to belong to their local church, but struggle to go to traditional Sunday morning church services. It is for those who are outside or on the edge of the church community and a suitable place to invite people to who have never come to church before.
What does Messy Church involve…? A cuppa, and then exploring a biblical theme, through a time of (messy) creativity with art and craft or perhaps sport, a time of relaxed informal worship, and a meal shared together. It takes place at a time and on a day intended to be convenient to the needs of the local area.
Who will it affect…? Everyone…!! It involves existing church resources of people’s time and commitment, skills and energy, to pray for and encourage it and for it to run, and it also needs some financial resources. It welcomes and values everyone and is always there for the ‘outsider’ and the community.
Messy Church is not a new idea. It was started in an Anglican church in the Portsmouth area in 2004…and has spread in the UK and beyond. It runs in other churches in Swansea who are beginning to see it draw in people that are not part of existing congregations. It is not a way of getting people to come to church on Sundays. It is linked with the church but stands as a ‘congregation’ on its own.
Have we enough help…? No, not yet. Is it all ready…? No, there will be a ‘sign up’ sheet
around, and a meeting about it sometime. It is ‘Messy’…and not yet all sorted. It could be that another Messy Church will run after school on a Thursday at Holy Trinity. The picture of Messy Church isn’t clear Yet. Sometimes paintings are discovered that are hidden underneath a newer picture. There was perhaps nothing wrong with the old painting, but it has been brought to life in a new way
. Some people, who had stopped looking at the old because it didn’t seem to ‘gel’ with them, might be interested in the newer picture…and some might be glad to realise that the old painting is still there and hasn’t been changed in any way…in fact the newer picture is helping to preserve it.
Messy Church is maybe a new picture in process… please look at it with open eyes and mind and heart.