Messy Church started at St Wilfrid's Portsmouth Church England in 2004
St Wilfrid's believed that formality and "Sunday Only" were barriers to church attendance by local families. So they began a monthly Friday evening "Messy" Church that was two hours long and included the evening meal.
The "Messy" Church thrived!
One of the original creators of Messy Church was Lucy Moore: a gifted story-teller who worked for Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF).
Through her workplace Lucy began to promote the value of Messy Church. Through BRF training and resourcing many, many Messy Churches were begun
There are five non-negotiable, core values, of Messy Church.
Creativity: everyone making & doing
Hospitality: welcoming & sharing a meal
Celebration: of God's story & our stories
All Age: for both child & carer to join in
Being Christ-Centred: in all the above