Messy Church


  • 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.
  • The first one started in Hampshire in 2004.
  • The organisation at the heart of Messy Church is BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship).

Messy Church has been a great success since we introduced it at Menston Methodist Church over four years ago and is now a shared venture with St John's our local Anglican ChurchWe have held Messy Easter, Messy Harvest, Messy Olympics and Messy Christmas Churches.


Over 25 children together with their parents and grandparents enjoyed a morning filled with Easter crafts, activities, Hot Cross bun making and an Easter Egg hunt, whilst learning about the Easter Story.  Towards the end of the morning everyone gathered together to share what they had learnt, sang some songs and finished off with a Bring & Share lunch.

Photos of the morning are on our Photo page.



Once again on Good Friday morning 25 March the church was filled with the sound of over 40 children with adults engaged in various activities linked to the Easter theme. This year stone decorating, chocolate lolly making, wax pressing, dice modelling, an Easter collage, egg ski-jumping, human cross pictures, and scented candle making, were all undertaken alongside the traditional Hot Cross Bun making and outdoor(!) egg hunt. After the activities there was a short act of worship involving the Easter story through noughts and crosses and the popular 'Father Abraham' action song. Lunch was brought and shared by all afterwards. All those who attended appeared to have really enjoyed themselves. Thanks must go to everyone involved in contributing to a wonderful morning in which the Easter story was shared in many different ways.

Photos of the morning are on our Photo page.



Took place on Good Friday 3 April.  Over 50 children and 30 adults spent and enjoyable morning baking Hot Cross Buns, make candles, marbled eggs, balloon prints, Easter cards and woven crosses.  The children took part in an Easter Egg Hunt and the morning culminated in a short act of worship in Church followed by a bring and share lunch.

Photos of the morning are on our photo page.


Was held at 9am on Sunday 14 December which led into our 10.30am Toy and Nativity Service.  The children worked together to create a large colour star which signified the birth of Jesus provided the backdrop in Church for the service. 

For photos of the morning please visit our photo page.


Harvest Messy Church took place on Saturday 4 October at St John's Church.


Easter Messy Church took place on Good Friday 18 April at 10am at Menston  Methodist Church.  Forty children and their parents learnt about the Easter story through a variety of Easter crafts, including decorating eggs, baking Hot Cross Buns, making edible Easter nests,  creating an Easter garden, constructing Easter crosses and taking part in an Easter egg rolling race.  The morning concluded with a time of worship in Church before an excellent bring and share lunch.

For photos of the morning please visit our photo page.


Christmas Messy Church was held Sunday 15 December 2013 at 9am before the 10:30am Nativity Service.  The children and their families helped to create a Nativity Scene using a variety of crafts.  A light breakfast was provided before the 10:30am Nativity Service.

For photos of the morning please visit our photo page.


A Harvest Messy Church was held on Sunday 29 September 2013 to co-incide with our Harvest Festival.  The afternoon took the form of a fun fair with the children participating in fairground activities and a quiz linked to themes in the Bible.  The afternoon concluded with a bring a share tea.

For photos of the afternoon please visit our photo page.


A Messy Church was held on Good Friday 29 March 2013.  This was organised by St John's and held at Menston Methodist Church and was enjoyed by approximately 100 children and adults.

The morning was based around story chains depicting different aspects of the Easter story. The children were introduced to the stories of Palm Sunday, the betrayal of Jesus, the Last Supper, washing the disciples feet, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  The morning ended with a bring and share family lunch.

For photos from the morning please visit our photo page.


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