Messy Church is a core ministry of BRF, which provides the staff and infrastructure to enable it to grow and develop, not just throughout the UK but worldwide.
The first Messy Church began in 2004 when a group at St Wilfrid’s in Cowplain near Portsmouth were frustrated because, as a church, they were hardly reaching any children with God’s story.
Messy Church is part of St Luke’s Parish Plan to explore ways to worship God better, and to be a church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can’t cope with, or are unable to access our traditional Sunday morning church services.
Messy Church is also a way for St Luke’s to provide an opportunity to work together with its local schools – Farnworth Primary, Cronton Primary and Lunts Heath Primary, and its Uniformed Organisations, welcoming them and involving them as a valued church community.
Our first Messy Church was a resounding success, with over 100 people joining together for worship, fun, fellowship and food.
Our second Messy church held on Friday 6th July 2012 saw an increase in attendance and enthusiasm – something we prayed for and were delighted with. There was an Olympic theme, with crafts and food centred around all the positive aspects of the Olympic and Biblical messages of EXCELLENCE, FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT and EVERYONE’S VALUABLE. A healthy and hungry appetite was catered for, and everyone joined together for a growing response to the need for change in communal worship.
Now, with Messy Church well into its fourth year we are still welcoming many new visitors, some travelling from other towns to join with our regular visitors. We have explored a wide range of themes such as Epiphany around the world, Rogation, Eucharist, Autumn Equinox, , World Peace, Pentacost, Jesus’ journey to the Cross, Festivals of Light, and many, many more. We have held worship sessions in different settings, including the parish schools and the local Scout & Guide Headquarters, and even held a mini session for a school PTA to enable parents to bring their children along to the meeting.
Although we work with all Christian Values in mind, we pay particular attention to the value of ‘Koinonia’, and this enables us to deepen our understanding of fellowship in the community which we serve.
In 2014 we welcomed the ‘Little Stars’ team into our sessions to cater for families with babies and toddlers. We have been overjoyed with the interest and its success in opening up Messy Church to a wider age-range.
Our grateful thanks also go to ‘Ignite’ – Widnes Deanery Youth Church, for their valuable support with many of our more challenging craft and building activities.
Our next Messy Church events can be found by exploring this website, or by contacting the East Widnes Team office on 0151 423 4311. Look out for posters and flyers at St Luke’s Church or at school.
*Please note that Messy church is free, but please try and let us know if you wish to come along so that we have enough food for everyone.
Booking forms are available in church, at School, through Scout and Guide Leaders and on this website.