Messy Church

mc_logo_transparent_dropshadowMessy Church…

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Get involved in a Messy Church near you today!

The best way to understand Messy Church is to experience it. We have several Messy Churches across the Diocese. Find a Messy Church near you and find out just how messy it can get…

  • Belmont

    Join Messy Church at Belmont on the 2nd Saturday of the month in school term) starting at 4.30 pm with a light meal.
    We enjoy craft, a story and Holy Communion while learning about the stories Jesus told.
    Everyone is welcome! All Saints Anglican Church growing Messy Saints. 24 Church St Belmont.
    Email priest or sms 0408 491 681 to say your coming

  • Belmont North / Redhead

    Messy Church takes place at Belmont North/Redhead the last Sunday of each month  4pm -6pm.
    Are you looking for a way to explore the Christian faith that engages the whole family? Then Messy church is the place your looking for! It is doing church differently, it’s interactive with craft, activities, drama and music that anyone can be part of! or just sit back and take in the vibe. Dinner is included.

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  • Bulahdelah /Tea Gardens

    Messy Church is held at St Andrew’s, Tea Gardens on the 4th Sunday at 4.30pm till 6.30 pm and at St John’s, Bulahdelah on the 4th Wednesday at 4.30pm till 6.30pm.
    It is aimed as a welcome and outreach to the community. There is 45 minutes of Craft sometimes very messy, 15 -20 minutes of Worship and then a sit down meal.
    The Sessions are all based on a bible theme, with coordinated craft and worship aimed at primary and younger children.
    We ask that all children come with a Parent or Career. Parents often become involved in the running of the program too.

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  • Charlestown

    Messy Church takes place at St Alban’s Church every 3rd Sunday of the month at 4.30pm.
    Messy Church is a place for small children to engage with the church community and start learning about Jesus and the stories in the Bible. The program includes craft, story telling and a light meal to conclude.

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  • Kotara

    Messy Church is held bi-monthly at Kotara parish on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 4pm.
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    Why not join them for Mainly Music every Friday – Preschool children and their caregivers enjoying music, rhyme, rhythm, creative dance and more
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  • Merriwa

    Messy Church in Merriwa runs on the last Friday of the month, except in school holidays.
    Messy Church in Merriwa is a joint ministry with the Uniting Church. We meet at 3.30pm at the Anglican Hall for afternoon tea, followed by craft activites. Worship is at 5pm in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, followed by dinner back in the hall. We wrap up about 6pm.

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  • MICA Ministries - Mayfield/Islington/Carrington

    Messy Church is held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 4pm.
    Messy Church is a fun, creative and interactive Church. Although it’s for all ages, families in particular love Messy Church. There’s crafts, games, music, Bible stories and heaps of food! Lots of fun, lots of food! All are welcome. If you are looking for a Church that is engaging and allows kids to make noise, ask questions and learn about Jesus, then give Messy Church a try!

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  • Terrigal

    Our messy church is a congregation that is just as important as other congregations!
    Come join in with us to find out why.

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  • Toronto

    Toronto Messy Church meets on the 1st Sunday of each month at 4.30pm.
    Messy Church is about families, fun, food and faith. It’s a once-a-month time when families can enjoy quality time with each other. It’s an opportunity to develop those values and ethics you want for your family. Messy Church is a family outreach ministry with a difference.  Yes it’s church, but unless you’ve been to one it’s nothing like church as you probably know it. Messy Church runs for 2 hours once a month in the hall , we start with some welcome activities, then learn what the “theme” for the day is, after this there are a number of craft activities for all the family, we  then head to the church for a short worship service and finish with a shared meal. 211 Brighton Ave in the hall behind the church.

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  • Woy Woy

    Woy Woy hosts Messy Church the 3rd Sunday of the month with activities beginning at 4:30pm.
    If the thought of bringing your children to church and getting them to sit still for the service fills you with horror, don’t stress, just bring them to Messy Church and let them join in the fun!

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The values of Messy Church are:

Where the good news of Christ is shared.
Jesus told stories about what the Kingdom of God was like.
He explained in ways that related to the people and their way of life.

It is about reflecting on who God is as creator of new things and re-creator of people and communities and getting creatively messy.

It’s about celebrating in the sense of ‘making’ or ‘recognising as significant’ each person each family, the church community and the God we serve.

Christ welcomed the people on the edges of society, He makes them his priority and His joy.
It’s about welcome and food and grace and giving, relationships and community building.

Messy Church is not just for children but for all to be together and learn from each other.
It’s a recognition that it is a gift from God to be family across the generations, whether by blood ties or faith ties, truly being the family of God.


The Reverend Julie Turnbull
CEY Ministry Development Officer