Messy Church

Messy Church

Messy Church is a new way of being church and is found across the world.
It is for people of all ages and is based on welcome and hospitality which is why we at Emmanuel eat breakfast together when we meet on Sunday mornings. Other Messy Churches may meet during the week and have a lunch, tea or evening meal together.
Our Messy church usually meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10:00 am till 12:00 noon with breakfast.


Messy Church worldwide has over half a million people attending each month, across all  denominations, engaging with many who would not otherwise come to church. The core values are about being Christ – centred, for all ages and based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

How do we get our ideas? Messy Church is part of the Bible Reading Fellowship who provide background theology and suggestions for activities through the internet, books and a magazine as well as seminars. And then anyone who has found something to work can post it for others to see, so we can build on these practical ideas. It is even more relevant now as we share things from all round the world that can be done at home.

Messy Church at Emmanuel always has a Christian theme or Bible story as the basis for each session and each activity is chosen to reflect this in some way, with a variety available for all ages. These include modelling and painting, crafts, food and cooking, games, large collage, toys, sand and water play, building and acting. We have had a talent show, Communion, learnt about our overseas charities, and held a cake stall at the Summer Fair. It was great to join with the whole church family and to provide drinks at Bill’s farewell and to engage with everyone at the Christingle. Often we watch a film, express prayer in a tangible way and sing.

Ruth and Pat depend hugely on the Messy Church team, Jim and Maureen, Colin, Terry, Jeanne, Pat Kinch, Nicky, Karen, Marion Hirst, Clare Crofts, Gill, Penny, Heather and Naledi and a number of other willing helpers. We welcome visitors who have helped using their special skills, value the input of HYPER members and it is great to see everyone joining in, giving and receiving.


Unfortunately Messy Church has been suspended for the time being along with all other external social activities. Encourage one another, keep safe and we will see you all soon. … Continue reading April


What was revealed? We  heard about John’s vision of heaven and some of the descriptions of what it will look like .  We then tried to re-create the city in heaven using cake and had a party to celebrate. … Continue reading March

January 2020

Breakfast and celebration. Stories, games, crafts and activities. We looked at Abram and Sarai. God changed Abram’s “high father” name to “Abraham,” “father of a multitude” (Genesis 17:5) and his wife’s name from “Sarai,” “my princess,” to “Sarah,” “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15–16). … Continue reading January 2020

December 2019

This Messy Church was a little different as we moved into the main church building to combine with the Parade Service. The service centred around making christingles as the main theme along with colourful spinners, mobius strips and cocktail stick crosses. We also brought new toys to give to families who struggle to buy gifts … Continue reading December 2019


We discovered all about a girl called Ruth. We looked at people moving to different countries, making flour and friendship. … Continue reading October


We met at 10am for breakfast and heard about what happens to a man called Joseph. Later we sang some songs from “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” … Continue reading September


Today was Bills final service before he retired. Messy Church started at 10.00am as usual with breakfast.  We talked about the last supper and did a couple of activities before joining the rest of the church family for the last part of the service followed by refreshments. … Continue reading June


Hope, Health, Action.  This week we looked at the work of one of the charities Emmanuel is supporting this year.  They do invaluable work running health care facilities in Haiti and Uganda. … Continue reading May