St John The Evangelist Church, Sidcup

 Messy Church

Lots of creative mess, fun, learning and a café with good coffee & cake!
Messy church takes place in the church itself rather than the church hall.
Children and young people are very valued at St. Johns & they are free to roam & explore the church during Messy Church (as are the adults), or to play in the children's area or wander & bring toys to their seats during our services.
Messy Church 'Celebrations' are for all ages & take place on Saturday afternoons from 3-5pm (as advertised) & have a separate cafe area, under 3's zone & 'Peace space' the quiet zone for quiet reflection in the lady chapel- amongst the noisy , creative activities and messiness & finish sharing afternoon tea

.Messy Church is a fun ‘Fresh Expression’ of Church.

It’s an All-Age creative celebration, bring people from every walk of life and background together.

Messy Church is a church- not a craft club- made up of different groups of people, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Messy Churches are found worldwide.

Messy Church is not exclusively for children and families- it is for everyone, young and the more mature; single adults, teens; groups of friends- anyone who want to engage in or explore their faith in a creative, fun, alternative way with creative activities, a cafe a short ‘Celebration of worship (about 15 minutes) and people to support you and people to chat with if you would like.

Messy Church doesn’t meet on a Sunday when a lot of people may have other commitments. St.John’s Messy Church meets on a Saturday 3-5pm every 3 months with hopes to increase to celebrations more regularly.

Messy Church encourages people from all faith denominations and expressions especially those with limited or no contact with the church community - to come and have fun and learn about faith together- and develop friendships, family, fellowship and community.

Messy church has individual creative activities and zones based on a particular scriptural theme;  a ‘coming together for ‘celebration’; a big all together ‘messy moment’ and shared afternoon tea before going home.

There is no charge for attending Messy church, donations towards future Messy Church resources are completely voluntary- although a donated cake towards the ‘Messy Tea’ is always welcome!


If you would like to know more- just turn up for the fun!

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Or visit the Messy Church National Website to find out more and look us up in the national directory.

Interested in what is a ‘Fresh Expression’ of church?

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We hope you will come and join us and give Messy Church a try!

Beth Maunder

Messy Church Coordinator for St.John’s Church.