Messy or Tidy Church?

That is the Question! (Apologies to Shakespeare)

While many churches are facing dwindling numbers at Sunday Services, others are looking at fresh expressions of worship and Messy Church is one such expression. For some from the traditional mindset this ‘messy’ concept is difficult to swallow, but it has become an increasingly popular form of worship in many churches across the world.

On Saturday 25th August over 70 people from various Christian denominations on the Far North Coast gathered at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina to hear Workshop Leader and foundation member of Messy Church, Lucy Moore, inform and entertain them on how they too can become messy!

Lucy who is from the UK led the group through the basics of starting a Messy Church Service. Across the world many denominations have been experimenting with the messy church concept. Alstonville Parish have been holding Messy Church this year and have around 80 – 85 people regularly attending. Members of Sherwood, in Brisbane also ventured down to this workshop as they have been holding ‘Messy Church’ for over three years.

Messy Church is like a ‘Kid’s Club’, where adults attend too. Kid’s Club involves being welcomed by the team, time to do some creative activities and then play a few games followed by a celebration time of song, story sharing and prayer and ending in a meal. Check out these websites: www.messychurch.org.uk
www.brf.org.uk,  www.barnabusinchurches.org.uk

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