Third Wednesday of every month
3:30pm - 5:30pm
St Barnabas Church, Purley
Suggested donation of £2 per family, includes a cooked meal
A typical Messy Church session runs like this:
3.30pm Welcome Time: Relax, chat and play, with tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available
4pm - 4.45pm Introduction to theme: Craft activities where adults can participate with children; Quiet book area available; Play space with toys for babies
4.45pm - 5pm Celebration: Songs, story time and prayer in the church, related to the theme
5pm Meal: Hot sit down supper
Forthcoming Messy Church Dates
Wednesday 16th January 2019
Wednesday 20th February 2019
Wednesday 20th March 2019
Wednesday 17th April 2019
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Wednesday 17th July 2019
Wednesday 21st August 2019
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Wednesday 20th November 2019
About Messy Church
Our wonderful Messy Church has been running since 13 April 2013 and is held on the third Wednesday of every month, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm in St Barnabas' Church Hall.
Most children who attend are of primary school age, but babies and toddlers are most welcome and we have a play space 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 and crafts. 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. It is a fun time of crafts, sharing in food, drink and friendship, and learning together through story, song and prayer.
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 four different craft options based around the theme. It's all very relaxed and you may turn up at any time during the session. Around 4.45pm 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 for supper and the children return for a hot meal. Examples of this might be: fish fingers and chips or jacket potatoes cheese and ham, followed by fruit pies or ice cream.