Messy Church

What is Messy Church?

A way of being church for families involving fun’

‘A church , not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.’’

Messy Church is found across the world and values being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

If you would like to view the Messy Church website, you will find a link here.

There are 55 Messy Churches in Ely Diocese, part of a network of 71 Messy Churches of all denominations in the Cambridgeshire area. Debbie Hill is the Regional Coordinator for Messy Churches in the Cambridgeshire area. Contact Debbie on or 01353 652711 or mobile 07936 364892 if you would like to find out about Messy Church.

Setting up a Messy Church

We have set up 8 new Messy Churches last year and two already this year. If you would like support in getting started or would like to talk things over, please contact Debbie who will come and visit you. If you are a Church of England Church, you may want to consider applying to the Local Mission Project Fund (LMPF) to help you get set up.

Messy Church Seminars and Training

Once a term we meet up to look at a particular topic of interest to the Messy Churches. Lucy Moore visited us in the late Spring 2017 to consider Messy Hospitality and Martyn Payne is helping us look at Messy Discipleship on Thursday 28 September.

Martyn writes;

"Messy Church has taken off in so many churches and is successfully attracting many new-to-church adults and children at this reimagined style of church service. However the big question is, can they come to and grow into faith in Messy Church or is it just about 'the mess' rather than about starting a journey of Christian discipleship?

Martyn Payne from the national BRF Messy Church team will facilitate an evening exploring how Messy Church can truly be church and become a disciple-making community. He will reference on-going research into messy discipleship by the Church Army, draw on the gathered wisdom of the wider Messy Church family about the variety of ways discipleship is being pursued, and share insights from his own experiences of visiting almost 200 Messy Churches around the country.

This will be an opportunity for Messy Church leaders and teams to take stock of what is God is doing in their Messy Churches and to consider appropriate and intentional ways forward to help those who come to become Christian and be nurtured in the faith".

Booking for this free evening seminar is at

Messy Church Resources

Messy Church publishes a number of resources with the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), here are just a few of the latest publications.

Messy Science is being used in a variety of settings (not just Messy Church!) and it has been received very enthusiastically within the Diocese.

Messy Parables by Martyn Payne is also new and gives 25 ways of telling familiar stories with a Messy twist.

Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders.

Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events.

It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page.

Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.