Messy Church

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What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a fun time after school once a month on a Thursday for children and teenagers, parents / grandparents / carers / uncles / friends… whoever! to get creative together, meet up with old and new friends, relax in a friendly informal short celebration and get a taste of God's generous love through a home-cooked hot meal with everyone else, young and old. It's also a time to get very ... messy.

What does Messy Church at St Wilfrid's look like?

We starts at about 3.15pm and for three quarters of an hour, as people trickle in from school runs, there are cups of tea and juice, biscuits and games to play together. At 4pm we all begin the various themed activities - painting, crafts, cooking, construction - you name it - at activity stations. You might want to do something together as an adult / child pair or split up and have fun with friends of your own age - you might just want to sit and have a chat while the creativity buzzes round you. It's very free and easy.

At the end of the activities everyone moves into the church for a short (10-15min.) celebration - a chance to enjoy singing worship songs, to hear the Bible stories and pray before returning to the hall for a hot meal together.

How much does Messy Church Cost?

There is no charge (although a donation to the cost of the meal and activities is always welcomed) so why not join us?


Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly aimed at people who have never belonged to a church before.

Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity. brf.org.uk

The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) is the home of Messy Church; it supports, resources and enables its work. BRF is passionate about making a difference through the Christian faith. For more information on the work of BRF, visit brf.org.uk.

Support BRF

If you would like to help us continue to reach families through Messy Church, please support us through giving and prayer. We have a growing family of people praying for Messy Church; you can join them. It is offered free of charge to churches, and we are dependent on gifts to enable this work of God to keep going.

Upcoming dates

Next Messy Church

Thursday 20th September from 3.15pm