A little story of growing numbers: building Messy Church

    Engaging younger generations
    9 July 2013

    High Chairs at Messy church

    Following our article of events and initiatives in the Diocese that promote welcome, hospitality, inclusivity or partnership, Alison Paginton tells us of a little story of growth from St Christopher’s Brislington.

    "We have been running a growing Messy Church for four years now," Alison writes, "and a number of those who came as babies now have younger siblings, making lunch time sometimes a tricky experience for their parents especially if one has come with the children by themselves.

    "In response to a request from the Messy Church leadership team for donations to buy four high chairs, members of the Sunday congregation gave enough money to buy twice as many!

    "Now little tots can eat their lunch safely at the table with everyone else whilst Mum or Dad have more of a chance to eat theirs!"

    Messy Church is an attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can’t cope with traditional Sunday morning church services.

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