mc_logo_m MESSY CHURCH

Our Messy Church welcomes up to 70 children and 50 adults.  You’re invited to join us in this amazing new way of being church for families who find it hard to go to church on a Sunday.  Messy Church is after School at 3.30pm on a Thursday once a month.

A relaxed and informal church with a warm welcome for the whole family with crafts, songs, drama, food – and plenty of opportunity to have and make a mess!

Messy Church June Alex HazelChildren – a place to meet to friends, learn new things along with your adult.
Mums, Dads, Grandads, Grandmas, Carers – a place to spend quality time with your children and grandchildren and make links with other families.
3.30pm – 4.00pm   Messy Welcome with drink and biscuit
3.45pm-5.00pm   Messy Craft, an hour of craft and other activities
5.00pm – 5.15pm   Messy Worship, a short time of celebration in the church as we draw together everything we have been discovering today.
5.20pm-5.45pm   Messy Meal, no need to rush home and feed the family, relax and have a meal with us.
Although there is no formal charge for Messy Church, donations are gratefully received.

Meeting every Month at St. Mary’s Church Hall on Thursdays.  Messy Church is led by Alex, our church Families Worker. You can contact her by email, and her email address is familiesworker@stmarywarsash.org.uk

Forthcoming dates can be found at the bottom of this page.

STAY AND PLAY

A warm, friendly, creative and lively parent and toddler group which meets each Thursday from 1.30pm until 3.30pm in the Church Hall during school term time.  Just turn up, meet with other parents and carers, enjoy a cuppa whilst your child enjoys the craft and play with other toddlers and babies.  The group is led by Alex, our church Families Worker.

SUNDAYS

Children are very welcome with their families at church on a Sunday.  For those with younger children the right hand side of the church has soft play furnishing and a cabinet with boxes of quiet toys, books and colouring.  These can be enjoyed at any time in any service.  The toilet and roomDSC03011 at the back of the church can be used whilst a proper baby changing unit is in the Church Hall.

The 10am service has activities for all ages.  At the start of the service at 10am a child lights the candles before our prayers and praise songs.  Except for 1st Sunday of the month which is All Age Worship, the children and young people then depart to the Church Hall for activities in their age groups.  They call the 3rd Sunday of the month ‘Grape Sunday’ because the children join in communion with hands on all age creative learning taking place in the church and shared with the adults.

THE GROUPS:

  • 0-3 years: Scramblers
  • 4-6 years: Climbers
  • 7-10 years: Explorers
  • 11+: Pathfinders

DURING THE WEEK:

‘Stay & Play’ is a dynamic parent, baby and toddler group.  An afternoon for parents to socialise, chat and play.  In the Church Hall, 1.30pm – 3pm every Thursday during school term time.  Once a month Stay & Play is followed by ‘Tots Praise’; 30 minutes of action songs and a Bible story hosted in Church.  ‘Stay & Play’ costs 50p per session including refreshments.

‘Coffee Pot’ is a group for women where children are welcome.  Tuesday mornings each week in a home or the Church Hall Lounge. 10.15am for friendship around a Bible study, prayer and fun.
For more information about the activities for your daughter or son please contact the Church Office.
Occasional Activity Days and other special events are held for children in the village or linked with the school.

CHILD SAFETY   Please note that the Church regards the implementation of its’ Child Safety Policy as of paramount importance.  All leaders and those who assist in ministry to children and vulnerable adults are required to have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure certificate.  The Parochial Church Council has a Safeguarding Officer who implements our church policy, details of which can be seen in church.

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Future Events are:-

Sep
14
Thu
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Sep 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Oct
2
Mon
Academy Harvest Services 0930 & 1045
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
12
Thu
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Oct 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Nov
9
Thu
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Nov 9 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Nov
28
Tue
Academy Advent Service
Nov 28 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Nov
29
Wed
Scouts – bell-ringing
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Dec
13
Wed
Academy Christmas Service Rehearsal
Dec 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
14
Thu
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Dec 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Dec
15
Fri
Academy Christmas Service Rehearsal
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Dec
17
Sun
Sunday School Nativity
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
18
Mon
Academy Christmas Service Rehearsal
Dec 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
19
Tue
Academy KS1 Nativity Service
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Academy KS1 Nativity Service
Dec 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
20
Wed
Academy KS2 Nativity Service
Dec 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Academy KS2 Nativity Service
Dec 20 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
24
Sun
Crib Service @ Church
Dec 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Crib Service @ Church
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm