- is a way of being church for families involving fun
- is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
- is found across the world
- values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration
We are blessed in this Diocese that over the last 4 years we have seen significant growth in the number of Messy Churches and those attending Messy Church celebrations and events. Last week over 20 people gathered representing 6 different Messy Churches from across the Diocese for the first ‘Messy Meet Up’ as well as several who are on the brink of starting Messy Churches in their own area. This was a time of getting to know one another, sharing concerns, ideas and issues and helping each other out, exchanging contacts and offering support as well as praying for one another.
It was decided that this was a helpful exercise for mutual support, sharing ideas and growing the Messy Community in this Diocese. There are plans for the next Messy Meet Up to take place in September/October and to include some more formal training/sharing of ideas.
Messy Churches are currently in operation in various ways in;
- Walwyn’s Castle
- Pembroke Dock
- Manorbier and Tenby
- Grwp Bro Ystwyth a Mynach
We are encouraging these groups and others (if we don’t know about you) to register directly with Messy Church to get more publicity, resources and information.
We are also keen to see the Messy Community grow with new Messy Churches starting. To do this we are running a Messy Church Roadshow this September with Messy Harvest celebrations with a ‘starter pack’ being offered to teams who are looking to start a Messy Church on a regular basis in their parish or area.
I hope to see at least 10 Messy Harvest events taking part this September #beapartofit