Messy Church

About Messy Church:

Messy Church at North Ringwood Uniting is a different way of doing church. It is typically held once a month, includes hands-on creative experiences, a celebration and a meal.

Messy Church is church, not a kids’ club or bible study. Each monthly Messy Church session is Christ-centred and appropriate for all ages. There is a strong emphasis on hospitality, from the mailed invitation, the welcome at the door, crafts and games based on the theme, a shared worship time concluding with a sit-down evening meal. The celebration is an invitation to worship through song, prayers and story. Creativity in many forms is encouraged, nurtured and explored by people of all ages, together.

What happens at Messy Church:

A typical Messy Church has these elements:

  • a joyful welcome
  • creative exploration of a Bible story or theme through many varied experiences for people of different learning styles
  • children and adults are not separated and are encouraged to explore the story or theme together
  • a short celebration follows the activity time. It usually consists of story, song and prayer
  • the sharing of a delicious home-cooked meal. Dietary requirements are catered for

The Messy Church format encourages strong relationship building which in turn supports the faith development of all who attend.

What happens during the rest of the month:

In addition to Messy Church sessions, North Ringwood Uniting hosts

  • Messy Gatherings – relaxed, informal and fun get-togethers
  • Messy Chatter – small discussion groups considering life and faith (child minding included)

Who’s it for:

North Ringwood Uniting Messy Church is for all ages and all stages of faith. The sessions are designed to welcome, encourage, stimulate and challenge all in attendance. The strengthening of relationships within the congregation is enhanced through close interaction at every stage.

Dates in 2020:

The Covid-19 worldwide pandemic has significantly impacted all communities, and the intimate, joyful style of Messy Church sessions is certainly no exception. The following have been planned for 2020, but at this stage all face-to-face activities are in abeyance.

Messy Church Session Dates:

  • April 18th
  • May 16th
  • June 13th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th
  • September 12th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th

Messy Gatherings

  • May 2nd – Sleepover/Movie BYO Dinner – breakfast provided
  • August 1st – Games-Dress-up night
  • October 23rd-25th Messy Camp at Marysville Victoria

Messy Church Chatter

  • Wednesday and Thursday fortnights 12-1pm
Merry and Derek Sweatman

Merry and Derek Sweatman

Messy Church Coordinators

Please contact us for further information and a big welcome to our community

Merry Sweatman: 0403 242 135
Derek Sweatman: 0403 389 585




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