Messy Church started at St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain in 2004 and has been growing rapidly ever since, spreading across the world and now being represented in all major Christian denominations. Over 1,000 Messy Churches have been registered on the Messy Church network directory.
The idea of a messy church is to provide worship, learning and fellowship in a relaxed and fun way that will appeal to adults and children alike. Its aim is to introduce Jesus to people who may not have had the opportunity to meet him before and it models and promotes good ways of growing as a family – a nuclear family, an extended family, a global family and a local church family.
A typical Messy Church will have the following elements:
- A relaxed welcome time with drinks and snacks.
- An activity-based learning time, with Bible-themed crafts, competitions, games, prayers and other activities.
- A short explicit worship time, usually with story, song and prayer.
- A sit-down meal that everyone shares together.
Portchester Methodist Church.
3:30pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month, except during school holidays.
Further details: John
Eastney Methodist Church, Portsmouth.
Saturday Sept 28th and Dec 7th 2013, both from 2 to 4 pm.
Further details: Paula
Fareham Methodist Church
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2nd Wednesday of each month, except August, from 4 to 6pm.
Further details: Hazel or visit us on Facebook – Fareham Messy Church.
Kids Fun Church is held on the 4th Sunday of each month starting at 10.00.
Bedhampton & Havant Methodist Churches
This is led by Churches Together in Havant & Bedhampton and is held at Havant United Reformed Church.
The 4th Saturday of each month from 3.30 to 5.30pm, from January 2014.
Further details: Bill and Jan.
Petersfield Methodist Church
This is led by Petersfield Area Churches Together.
3rd Tuesday of each month, except August and December, from 3.30 to 5.45pm.
Further details: www.pact.org.uk/messychurch