What is Messy Church?
It's primarily for people who don't belong to another form of church already.
Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him.
It usually includes some creative time to explore the biblical theme through getting messy; a celebration time which might involve story, prayer, song, games and similar; and a meal together.
Its values are those of hospitality, creativity and celebration.
It models and promotes good ways of growing as a family: a nuclear family, an extended family and a global and local church family.
It meets any time during the week, at a time most convenient for people locally.
It usually meets once a month.
The first one started in Hampshire in 2004 and the idea has spread so that there are now many Messy Churches.
The organisation at the heart of Messy Church is BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), a charity which resources and connects Messy Churches through prayer, staff team, books and a website.