Get Started with Messy Church

Contributed by: Cathy Brackin

Messy Church is gentle evangelization. Each child attends with an adult, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, or other caring grown up. In this relaxed atmosphere, all have the opportunity to meet God in a supportive Christian community.

Messy Church USA in cooperation with the Diocese of New Jersey and St. Peter’s, Freehold, is offering a full day of training on the best practices to use in starting your own Messy Church. The “Get Started with Messy Church” event will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 9 AM to 3 PM. This training will be led by certified Messy Church USA Trainers. They are the Rev. Roberta Egli who is the executive director of Messy Church USA and Cathy Brackin from Holy Family, Laurel Springs.

This training will give your team the vital tools to begin your own Messy Church. You will learn about the history, values, format and best practices to get your Messy Church started. If you’ve already begun Messy Church, this is an opportunity to share and gain new ideas for sustaining your Messy Church in your local setting. This training is open to all denominations of the Christian Church.

Messy Church is a monthly (or quarterly) intergenerational worship experience that explores God’s love in an accessible way. At Messy Church, today’s busy households of all shapes and sizes are invited into a welcoming space to experience faith. Everyone is welcomed as they are. Whether you are single or partnered, young or old, tidy or messy, have questions or doubts are filled with joy or struggling with life, you will be welcomed with open arms at Messy Church.