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Families across the world are discovering Messy Church and we invite you to join us and join in! Children of all ages are invited to bring their parent, grandparent or carer to Messy Church at St John's usually on the 3rd Friday each month. There will be stories, Messy craft, songs, Messy worship, fun and friendship followed off with Messy tea for everyone.  If you have any queries, please get in touch with Jennifer Martin on 07803 505265 or


Next Month: 20th November

We are hosting a Messy Church Chistingle on  20th November at 4pm via zoom.  Parents should have an email from Jennie with details, if you are not on the Messy Church email list, please contact Jennie for details.

Theme: Christingle


In order to follow along making a Christingle at home, you will need:

  • orange
  • sweets eg dolly mixtures
  • cocktail sticks
  • glacé cherries
  • a small candle (suitable to sit in the top of your orange)
  • foil
  • red tape or ribbon (enough to go round the orange)

Please send us your artwork and we can add it to our gallery (email

Here are a few Christingles made at Messy Church:


This was what we did in a previous session...

The theme was how we listen to Jesus and how we can all become God's children.

The story at celebration time was about Jesus never being too busy to welcome children and give them time. Mark 10 13-16 we had a song about listening to Jesus. We listened to each other about anything we wanted to share that we wanted to celebrate.

We shared thoughts and ideas together, listened to each other made and created Rose windows and we talked about many Rose Windows being made of stained glass. These windows usually have a focus or centre, and we talked about Jesus being the centre of our lives. Children made music using glasses and water, creating notes and tunes discussing and talking about the challenges of listening and hearing.

We made a gratitude tree. Giving thanks to God for someone who has been special in our lives and who we are grateful for having known them. And to thank God for them.

Our other fun activity was a challenge to build a tower from marshmallows, jelly tots and cocktail sticks. We discussed the challenges of working together and listening to other people and sometimes we may not agree with them. We talked about why did Jesus bring children to the centre.

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