Messy Church: Church, but not as you know it.

It's official: Messy Church works!

A new report from the Church Army Research Unit confirms the success and serious effectiveness of Messy Church across the country.  ‘Playfully Serious; How Messy Churches Create New Space For Faith’, published on 21.2.19  is the result of a two-year research project commissioned by the Archbishops’ Council.   It proves that Messy Church is not ‘just a bit of fun’, as some critics persist in believing. Rather, Messy Church is reaching people who weren’t previously attending church, growing disciples and modelling new patterns of leadership, and it is doing so across a wide range of economic and social contexts;  All-age, creative, hospitable, and Christ-centred.

Read the full report here:

‘I’m thrilled that the report recognises what we’ve been hearing from churches for the last 14 years: Messy Church is working.’

Lucy Moore, Founder of Messy Church

We have a growing network of 81 Messy Churches in our diocese, and Messy Leaders have the opportunity to meet and receive support regularly via Messy Chat, Messy Visits and the annual Messy Fiesta.

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Upcoming Events: 

Messy Fiesta 2020

The bookings for Messy Fiesta 2020 on 21st March are now OPEN and we hope to see as many of you as possible this year as it’s the start of a new decade of Messy Church and we have a fantastic and inspirational line-up of guest speakers;

  • The Bishop of Tonbridge,  Simon Burton-Jones talking about Messy Church as a Fresh Expression of Church and how it relates to modern culture.
  • Messy Church guru Martyn Payne talking about how to get the best out of your Messy Church, Messy Science and much more, with hands-on activities.
  • Dementia Specialist Julia Burton-Jones sharing tips and talking about Messy Vintage.  
  • Our own Messy @HMP Rochester team, Carol and I who will be there to update, talk Community and support you. 

The venue is St John’s Church Centre, Meopham DA13 0AA  There is a large car park and its accessible.

Refreshments will be provided from 09.15 for a 09.30 start until 15.30.  Please remember to bring a packed lunch!

Booking is easy:  the tickets are being subsidised this year at just £5.00 plus the Eventbrite fee of 98p per ticket:  simply click here to book.

For further info contact Carol at

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Messy Church @HMP Rochester:  we are proud to have made a successful national pilot for Messy Church at HMP Rochester and would be happy to share our learning and good practice from this. 

To find out more about Messy Church; see the Messy Church website:  or contact

Messy Church Regional Co-ordinator Caroline Clarke  @CommunityCaro or call: 01634 560000
Messy Church Assistant Regional Co-ordinator Carol Kitchener 

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