Messy Church

Messy Church

Messy Church is a new way to worship and learn more about the Christian faith, and is an opportunity for fun activity for the whole family - children to grandparents!   We begin with a variety of crafts for everyone to join in, which are all based around the theme of the day.   For the more energetic there are games to play.   After about 45 minutes, we all join together for a short time of worship through song and story.   Finally we finish with drinks and food, giving everyone a chance to chat and relax.   Join us and experience Messy Church at St Nicholas. Dates as advertised here, on public notice boards and on Facebook.                 

Tuesday 29th May 2018 :.'Celebrating Music'.



A fantastic morning, celebrating music, including a trip up the bell tower, learning how an organ works and the opportunity to make musical instruments, which were then played during 'worship time', with further accompaniment from David, playing his guitar. The morning ended with the usual hot-dogs and cake.Further report and pictures to be found in 'Recent Events'

 Messy Church: 31st July 2018,10-11.30 in St.Nicholas Church, during 'Open Churches Weeks'. The theme was  'God's Gifts in Summertime'.

Sowing seeds, making kites and parasols, creating beautiful flower pictures and making sandcastles, Worship time and games, before the morning ended with the usual hot-dogs and cake..


25th October 2018. 31 children and 61 adults attended the Harvest Messy Church at St. Nicholas. Dereham Mayor, Hilary Bushell joined us to celebrate the harvest of land and sea.She seemed to have great fun joining in the craft activities, games and worship time with the children, before sharing our lunch of fish finger rolls and mini fruit baskets and cake....yummmm!


19th February 2019 Half Term session: Noah's Ark

Craft activities included Decorative Noah plates, Dove head-dresses, Extending neck giraffes and Lion face masks. The morning was enjoyed by 65 children and 65 adults, so our volunteers were kept VERY busy!

Canon Sally led the popular game of 'Beans' and the morning finished with Worship and hot-dogs plus cake, which included Birthday cake, as Martha was delighted to celebrate her 6th Birthday with us.


A busy but very successful morning, bringing a lot of pleasure to so many!

Good Friday Messy Church 2019

Easter themed crafts ensured the children attending would know about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. Canon Sally blessed a decorative cross, dedicated to the late David Webster, which will be central to all future Messy Church Worship.


28th May Half-term Messy Church: Theme = 'People Jesus Met'

The children learned about some of the people Jesus met during His 3 year Ministry. Crafts illustrated the stories, which they discovered could be found in Bibles! Worship time continued with the theme, reflecting the 'work' and games of the morning. Amerli read the prayer beautifully. On leaving, she commented, "You've done very well ! When we arrived the horrible weather was making us feel sad and miserable, but you have made us happy for the rest of the day....thank you!" How rewarding is that!



Thursday 25th July, 'Caring for God's Creation'

This was Sally's last session before leaving for 'pastures new'. The theme was caring for our world, and graphic pictures showed the harm that man's irresponsible behaviour and use of plastic is doing. The crafts included making paper carrier bags, dog pen-holders, hedgehogs and bean-tin plant holders, planted with home grown seedlings. Each activity demonstrated stories of the effect of poorly disposed of rubbish, which could have been avoided. There was an Evironmentl Quiz, which was also enjoyed by the parents!

Refreshments, provided by H. H. Aldiss funeral directors, consisted of environmentally friendly picnic bags, using paper bags and avoiding the use of plastic.


a) Planting seedlings in bean tins                b) Checking the answers of the quiz   c) Sally presented with Birthday cake.


 'Who is St. Paul?: Tuesday, October 22nd, during October half-term week

43 children and 63 adults enjoyed the morning, exploring the story of 'Saul to St. Paul', with crafts, a quiz sheet and an interactive story, found their answers to the question, 'Who is St Paul?' during the Family Fun Morning.

The session finished with hotdogs, cake and fresh fruit.

Next sessionof Messy Church is not until February 2020 half-term, but there will be the Annual Toy Service on 8th Decemberat 10am, and the three Christingle Services on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm, 5pm and 6.30pm.


'Angels and Lions' 20th Feb 2020: Half-term week


Age doesn't come into it...Messy Church is for all!

45 children and 75 adults enjoyed a morning making Daniel and the lions story cards, making angels and Mothering Sunday cards, learning a lot about angels from the quiz, playing games, singing songs, listening to the story and tucking into hot-dogs. It's always good to have the children participate in the worship time, and it's heartening to get such positive comments on Social Media afterwards. It makes all the hard prep work so worthwhile.

Next Messy Church at St. Nicholas is on Good Friday, 10th April at 10am.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________Due to Coronavirus, our 10th April Messy  church session did not happen and things were left 'on hold' until further notice.


27th October 2020: Messy Church in a Bag!

We weren't to be beaten by Covid 19 any longer, so with the help of our usual supporters, East of England Funeral Directors/H.H.Aldiss Funeral Directors, we prepared Activity Bags for children to collect and make use of the contents at home. The children were delighted with the contents of the bags, which included pre-pprepared craft activities, including a blackbird headband,colouring sheets and book with colouring pencils included, story cards and yummy treats. They were very pleased with the opportunity to meet their furry friend, Digger Rabbit once again, who remained socially distant and wore his mask, to keep everybody safe. Clare Cubitt and Evelyn Speed ensured that safety precautions were maintained throughout the morning.







Printer Printable Version