Our Messy Church welcomes up to 70 children and 50 adults. You’re invited to join us in this amazing new way of being church for families who find it hard to go to church on a Sunday. Messy Church is after School at 3.30pm on a Thursday once a month.
A relaxed and informal church with a warm welcome for the whole family with crafts, songs, drama, food – and plenty of opportunity to have and make a mess!
Children – a place to meet to friends, learn new things along with your adult.
Mums, Dads, Grandads, Grandmas, Carers – a place to spend quality time with your children and grandchildren and make links with other families.
3.30pm – 4.00pm Messy Welcome with drink and biscuit
3.45pm-5.00pm Messy Craft, an hour of craft and other activities
5.00pm – 5.15pm Messy Worship, a short time of celebration in the church as we draw together everything we have been discovering today.
5.20pm-5.45pm Messy Meal, no need to rush home and feed the family, relax and have a meal with us.
Although there is no formal charge for Messy Church, donations are gratefully received.
Meeting every Month at St. Mary’s Church Hall on Thursdays, Messy Church is led by Revd Nicky-Sue, our Joint Vicar. You can contact her by email, and her families work email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Forthcoming dates can be found at the bottom of this page.
STAY AND PLAY
A warm, friendly, creative and lively parent and toddler group which meets each Thursday from 1.30pm until 3.30pm in the Church Hall during school term time. Just turn up, meet with other parents and carers, enjoy a cuppa whilst your child enjoys the craft and play with other toddlers and babies. The group is led by Revd Nicky-Sue.
Children are very welcome with their families at church on a Sunday. For those with younger children the right hand side of the church has soft play furnishing and a cabinet with boxes of quiet toys, books and colouring. These can be enjoyed at any time in any service. The toilet at the back of the church has a baby changing unit and an additional baby changing unit is in the Church Hall.
The 10am service has activities for all ages. At the start of the service at 10am a child lights the candles before our prayers and praise songs. Except for 1st Sunday of the month which is All Age Worship, the children and young people then depart to the Church Hall for activities in their age groups. They call the 3rd Sunday of the month ‘Grape Sunday’ because the children join in communion with hands on all age creative learning taking place in the church and shared with the adults.
- 0-3 years: Scramblers
- 4-6 years: Climbers
- 7-10 years: Explorers
- 11+: Pathfinders
DURING THE WEEK:
‘Stay & Play’ is a dynamic parent, baby and toddler group. An afternoon for parents to socialise, chat and play. In the Church Hall, 1.30pm – 3pm every Thursday during school term time. Once a month Stay & Play is followed by ‘Tots Praise’; 30 minutes of action songs and a Bible story hosted in Church. ‘Stay & Play’ costs 50p per session including refreshments.
‘Coffee Pot’ is a group for women where children are welcome. Tuesday mornings each week in a home or the Church Hall Lounge. 10.15am for friendship around a Bible study, prayer and fun.
For more information about the activities for your daughter or son please contact the Church Office.
Occasional Activity Days and other special events are held for children in the village or linked with the school.
‘Children’s Trail’ is for children of all ages. Further information can be obtained here.
CHILD SAFETY Please note that the Church regards the implementation of its’ Child Safety Policy as of paramount importance. All leaders and those who assist in ministry to children and vulnerable adults are required to have an up to date DBS certificate. Further information about safeguarding can be found here.
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