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A Fresh Alternative to Sunday Worship
Messy Church is an exciting, hands-on, interactive alternative way to worship for anyone not able to, or interested in, attending Sunday worship experiences. It is an informal worship that addresses everyday life issues and includes a shared meal. It is intended for people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Imagine one night a month when dinner is all taken care of – nothing to purchase, make, order or worry about.
Instead everyone gets to enjoy making crafts, singing songs, playing games, learning about a loving God and sharing a meal. It’s a fun time for conversations with people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a great place to build community with each other and a relationship with God.
Join the fun. Eat hearty food. Make new friends. Make a mess!
So what is Messy Church?
It’s a different way to experience God, friends and church.
It happens once a month on the second Saturday of the month.
It’s for all ages and stages – young families with children, couples, singles, teens, middle-aged folks or seniors.
All are welcome.
Check it out.
A typical Messy Church Service:
5pm Welcome and Gather – come whenever – no one’s ever late
Creativity/Activity Time – for all ages and interests
Celebration – interactive story, song and prayer
Meal – provided
7pm Sending – go out and do good
What happens at Messy Church isn’t intended to stay at Messy Church.
The Five Foundational Values of Messy Church are:
Creativity – play, imagination and appreciation
Celebration – finding God; awe and wonder; purpose and meaning
Hospitality – welcome for all; food; friendship
All Age – challenging and comforting to all ages and stages
Christ-Centered – intentional, be Christ and show Christ in all that we do
Reflections from a CUMC Messy Mom, Lindsey Goodyear
All Blogs were originally published on the Messy Church USA site and are linked here.
We’re All Fine: Tension is running high in the Goodyear house and patience and understanding is at an all-time low. There also seems to be fewer hours in the day than I originally thought there were, which means that we lay our heads on the pillow each night with no sense of ease but instead a laundry list of what still needs to be done…
Giving Love: February is known as the month of love. So, like others, I’ve been hard at work making kid’s Valentines, pink heart-shaped pancakes, writing my feelings in love notes, and various other pink and red related activities…
Spiritual Marathon: Time for new beginnings, getting life in order, and an official New Year’s resolution. My resolution is the same as it is most years…get in better shape! Most every year, I vow to eat better, run more, and reach a certain number on the scale by a certain set date…
An Unexpected Gift: The beginning of December is usually a reminder for me to kick it into high gear and start Christmas shopping, dig up our Elf on the Shelf (Lord only knows where I stuck him from the previous year), and remember to give each of our boys their advent gift for those first 25 days while desperately trying to reiterate what the advent period is actually about…
The Ladder: My husband and I are in the midst of remodeling our first fixer upper. I love a good challenge and with the absolutely useless confidence I’ve gained from seeing other people’s Pinterest projects, I feel like I can take on anything that just needs a little work. It’s currently gutted, so to say it needs some work is a severe understatement…
Give Thanks for the Beauty of the Earth: My husband and I were married for six years before we had kids. Much of the time leading up to that point was filled by late nights with friends, vacations on a whim, and the luxury of sleeping in. But, by far, our most coveted pastime was eating at new restaurants…
Deep Waters: Every August, our Messy Church planning team decides to take it easy. Since Summertime means vacations, parties, and other school-less activities, our messy congregation can get a little sparse during the warm months…
God Gave Me This: For almost a month, I was drowning. If I were being generous, there may have been two times in those 30 days where I got within arm’s reach of breaking the surface of that water, only to be pulled back under with merciless force…
Dancing With God: Every once in a while, I come across a scent that immediately takes me back to my high school gym. Remember that smell? A little bit of cleaner, a little bit of basketball leather, a little bit of sweat…
Be The Light: My day started off as a bad one today, I tripped on a toy lying in the doorway…