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Messy Church

Every third Wednesday in the month

3:30pm to 5:30pm

St Barnabas Church Purley


About Messy Church

Our wonderful Messy Church has been running now for around 3 years. It is a shared outreach to our community from the three churches, and is held on the third Wednesday in every month between 3.30pm and 5.30pm in St Barnabas Church Hall.  Most children who attend are from birth through to around age 10 years. Babies are most welcome and we have playmatting and toys for them. Grown-ups stay with their children and remain responsible for them at all times. Suggested donation is £2 per family. All are welcome to join in the fun. Just turn up.

This Ministry is a Fresh Expression of church which reaches out to those in our community with young children who might not, for various reasons, attend a traditionally-held church service on a Sunday.

Messy on Wednesdays once a month IS church for the majority of our Messy families.  It is a fun time of crafts, sharing in food, drink and friendship, and learning together through story, song and prayer, always pointing to Jesus.

Each month has a different theme related to scripture. There is coffee and cake on arrival for grown ups, and squash and biscuits for the little ones. Colouring, letting off steam time and relaxing begins the session, followed by, usually, an offer of 4 different crafts, from which to pick and choose. It's all very relaxed and you may turn up at any time during the session. Around 5pm the children and their grown ups make their way into the church, for storytime, song and prayer. During this time, the volunteers prepare the tables and the children return for a hot sit-down tea. Examples of this might be: Fish fingers and chips or jacket potatoes cheese and ham, followed by fruit pies or ice cream.

For our volunteers, it is a warm opportunity to share 'church' with the many young families who live in our community and go to our local schools. As one of our newer volunteers said to me "it gave me such a lovely warm feeling to be recognised by one of the children, as soon as he arrived he gave me the biggest possible smile of recognition". Another told me "I love this time of sharing Jesus with the children".

Messy Church Themes:

18 October: Prayer

15 November: Stars

6 December: Jesus, Light of the World. Please note change of date (no Messy on 20 December)

17 January 2018: Baptism of Jesus


Who to contact:

If you want to ask any questions, you can contact Wendy and Leigh Jackson, Messy Church's 'mum and dad' by emailing: or you can also find them any Sunday morning at The Hayes Church Kenley.

"Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 

Matthew 19:13-14 

Hands painted

Colour Pencils


 Messy on string Messy Bubbles

Messy 4

Messy Fun 

A typical session Messy Church

3.30 Welcome Time(3.15-4pm)

Resting time for people to relax and chat      

Teas/Coffees and some biscuits!

4pm Introduction

Subject for today

Activities where adults can participate with children

5pm Celebration

Gathering in the church

Incorporating arts/crafts carried out in activities into the story for biblical terms.

Sing easy going hymns and songs, universal to all.

Prayer universal

5.15 Meal

Sit down meal



Wendy & Leigh Jackson


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