Messy Church is held on Good Friday each year when, among other activities, the children construct the Easter Garden.
On Easter morning the stone was rolled away from the entrance to the tomb and the purple cloth on the cross outside was replaced by a white one to signify the Resurrection.
Photography by Maureen Hobbs and Geoffrey Dann
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What Messy Church is…
- A church for adults and children to enjoy together.
- It’s primarily for people who don’t belong to another form of church already.
- It’s all-age.
- It’s fun.
- Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
- It usually includes some creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a celebration time which might involve story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a meal together.
- Its values are those of hospitality, creativity and celebration.
- It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family and a global and local church family.
- It meets any time during the week, at a time most convenient for people locally.
- It usually meets once a month.
The first one started in Hampshire in 2004 and the idea has spread so that there are now many Messy Churches.
The organisation at the heart of Messy Church is BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), a charity which resources and connects Messy Churches through prayer, staff team, books and a website.
Photography by Mike Coope