I don’t remember what passage of scripture I was preaching on, but a few months ago I was looking for a sermon illustration for a messy church. When I plugged that term into Google, I ran across an interesting church program called “Messy Church.” (Go figure, right?) Messy Church is something started by Lucy Moore in Great Britain and it has rapidly spread to over 20 countries. From the back of one of the books:
Messy Church is bursting with easy-to-do ideas to draw people of all ages together and help them to experience what it means to be part of a Christian community outside of Sunday worship. At its heart, Messy Church aims to create the opportunity for parents, grandparents, friends and children to enjoy expressing their creativity, sit down together to eat a meal, experience worship, and have fun within a church context.
This year we are going to be incorporating Messy Church into our youth & family ministry. Messy Church is designed for people of all ages and it would be a great thing to invite neighbors or friends or grandchildren to experience. Each Messy Church event offers a meal, a time of worship & devotion, and of course, a chance to be a little messy…think Vacation Bible School throughout the school year. One of the great things about a church our size is that we can have people from many different generations all interacting, learning about Jesus, caring for each other, and having fun together. Messy Church is a chance for all of us to do just that.
We’ll be doing Messy Church once a month, on the 2nd Wednesdays, always from 6:00-8:00pm. Food will be provided and there will be a chance for a free-will donation to help cover the cost of the meal. No matter how old or young you are, we hope you can join us for Messy Church!