Messy Church

Messy Church logoFamilies across the world are discovering Messy Church and we invite you to join us and join in! Children of all ages are invited to bring their parent, grandparent or carer to Messy Church at St John's usually on the 3rd Friday each month between 3:15 and 5. There will be stories, Messy craft, songs, Messy worship, fun and friendship followed off with Messy tea for everyone.  If you have any queries, please get in touch with Jonathan Bushman on

New for this school year, we are having now running activities for pre-school children, for primary school children and for a new group for those in year 7 and above.


Next Messy Church on Friday 17th June

Messy Church is on after school on 17th June (straight after school with doors opening at 3:15pm for a 3:30pm start and finishing at about 5:00pm.).  We look forward to seeing you in person for messy fun!  There will be: games  craft, singing, a separate group for secondary school aged children, and of course Messy Tea. All are welcome.

This week week we are lookig how God calls us to be Making A Difference (MAD) in this world as we look how Jesus called ordinary Fishermen to be part of his team. There will be a story, action song (see link here for the song if you want a preview Link to Harp music (from YouTube, opens in a new tab), activities, craft, and games some of which will have a fishy theme! There is also a year 7 and above group where young people can explore the message a bit deeper.

If you are not on the Messy Church email list, please contact Jonathan for details.

Please let Jonathan know if you are going to join us (along with any dietary needs for catering purposes).


Please send us pictures of your artwork and we can add it to our gallery (email

This was what we did in a previous session...


The theme was how we listen to Jesus and how we can all become God's children.

The story at celebration time was about Jesus never being too busy to welcome children and give them time. Mark 10 13-16 we had a song about listening to Jesus. We listened to each other about anything we wanted to share that we wanted to celebrate.

We shared thoughts and ideas together, listened to each other made and created Rose windows and we talked about many Rose Windows being made of stained glass. These windows usually have a focus or centre, and we talked about Jesus being the centre of our lives. Children made music using glasses and water, creating notes and tunes discussing and talking about the challenges of listening and hearing.

We made a gratitude tree. Giving thanks to God for someone who has been special in our lives and who we are grateful for having known them. And to thank God for them.

Our other fun activity was a challenge to build a tower from marshmallows, jelly tots and cocktail sticks. We discussed the challenges of working together and listening to other people and sometimes we may not agree with them. We talked about why did Jesus bring children to the centre.


Messy Church Prayer

Holy Spirit of God, whose energy and gifts equip us to share the good news of Jesus, strengthen local Messy Church teams as they plan their services, granting them ideas for activities, inspiration for celebrations and grace for the welcome and the meal, so that children and adults might be drawn into a community of faith, hope and love, centred on Christ.  Amen

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