Messy church events grow

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More and more churches throughout the area are embarking on “Messy Church” events.

St Bartholomew’s Church at Chipping is one of these where, led by Mia Gatrell and Father John Scott with support from members of the church, their first “Messy Church” was held at Brabin’s Endowed Primary School last month, proving to be very popular with about 50 children and parents attending.

A “Messy Church” event usually includes lots of activities involving creativity, music and celebration and refreshments are served too, so that people can have a chat.

It is a national and international initiative to encourage engagement with the Church in a different and enjoyable way.

“Messy Church” is also a fast growing ministry that continues to engage and build relationships with thousands of people outside the usual church context and is resourced, supported and enabled by the Bible Reading Fellowship, as one of its core ministries.

It is largely funded by grants and donations.

“Messy Church” has been carried out at Inglewhite Church for sometime and the next such event at Chipping is taking place at Brabin’s School on Friday, November 29, from 3.15pm until 4.45pm.