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Messy Church in Johnstown meets once a month on the fourth Sunday of the month with both children and parents joining our worship and craft sessions. Families have come together to worship in a very family friendly way and it has been a pleasure to see so many familiar faces return each month…often with new people joining them to find out what Messy Church is all about!

Children's Corner

A few of our themes…

‘Sea Sunday’

Sea Sunday our July theme for Messy Church was based around a water theme and the children took great delight in floating their own boats and creating magnetic fish. A delicious fish and chip supper was enjoyed by all following our worship.

Messy Olympics

‘The Messy Olympics’ saw children and adults alike showing their sporting prowess with events such as the Long Straw Javelin and Boules Shot Putt. Each child completed four events and we celebrated personal achievements and considered the theme of ‘God’s Champions’. At the end of our time together the theme from Chariots of Fire echoed through St Mary’s Church as the children received gold chocolate medals and certificates for their good effort.


At our Harvest celebration in Messy Church we considered all the good things that come from God at the Harvest.   Harvest plates of food were made from different materials including Pasta and put on display in the church for the Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service.  The children were also encouraged to be kind to the animals and birds and they made bird feeders, which consisted of an apple on a string with bird food, and seeds embedded in the apple.  They then took these home to hang in their gardens. 

‘Saints and Sausages’

The theme for October was Saints and Sausages.  Children and adults considered the ideas of goodness and light in the context of All Saints Day and made light catchers and sparkly decorations using glitter, sequins and shiny materials. We certainly enjoyed being ‘messy’ in our craft activities and all children and adults enjoyed their meal of sausage and mash with a certain ‘glittery sparkle’!

Advent (November) Messy church

Our November Messy Church followed an Advent theme and preparation for Christmas.  During the talk we made an advent wreath and the children thought about the type of gift they would like to give to the baby Jesus on Christmas morning which were placed on the altar in a box made into a stable.  The wrapped parcels contained imaginary practical gift and some of the more precious gifts such as love, and kindness.

Christmas Messy Church

As the children decorated a Christmas Tree, the story took the form of the Nativity.  The angels on the tree were representing the Angel Gabriel who appearing to Mary and also the angels who told the shepherds to go to Bethlehem. The Bells, which ring out on Christmas morning telling people, that Jesus is born.  The stars reminding us of the stars twinkling in the night and also the star which guided the wise men to see the baby.

As we thought of the gifts we give to our loved ones at Christmas we remembered the special Gift that God give us in his Son Jesus 

The children then had a party in the church hall and Father Christmas gave every child a present of a book of bible stories and some special pencils.


As Messy Church continues to thrive we thank God for its role in bringing families together at St Mary’s. In the words of our Welcome Song “Thank you God for Messy Church, we are glad we’re here”!

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