Messy Time At Cathedral

 Fun at the Cathedral

Fun at the Cathedral
The Bishop of Durham has praised the impact of the Messy Church movement in connecting children and their families with the church. The Right Revd Paul Butler Bishop of Durham is a big supporter of the idea and wrote the introduction to Messy Church Theology, the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church published in 2013 by BRF. The Bishop, who is Chair of the Churches National Safeguarding Committee, and the lead amongst the Bishops on children and young people said: “Messy Church is brilliant. I have been a great fan from the very outset. It’s terrific. “The message I want to get across is that this is the church for many people. This is not preparing people to come to church properly. It really is church for those who gather and when it’s run really well we are seeing people coming to faith in Christ. I love Messy Church. “Messy Church is aimed at Children and Families, indeed all ages together.” Sharon Pritchard, Children’s Ministry Adviser for the Diocese of Durham said: “Many churches are reaching out to their communities through Messy Church in new and exciting ways they have never done before. We have Messy Churches in small rural churches, big city churches, schools and even in a nursing home in our diocese.” “Over the Easter holiday period we even had a week of ‘Messy Cathedral’ events. That idea came about after we attended a get-together with other regional co-ordinators last summer and heard that Lucy Moore, who is the founder of Messy Church, had run a Messy Church event in a cathedral and found it to be a huge success. “St Paul’s Cathedral has also hosted a Messy Cathedral event and we felt that it would be something we would both be keen to host in the North East, especially in Durham Cathedral. “Our motivation was simply the opportunity to share Christ’s love with the children and families that we seek to serve in our communities.” Bishop Paul said: “Cathedrals are fantastic places for worship and learning and this is a good example of using a fantastic resource.” There are already 2,343 Messy Churches around the world, with more than 50 in the Diocese of Durham. Sharon said: “Messy Church is a fast-growing ministry that continues to engage and build relationships with thousands of people outside the usual church context. “Messy Church is very successful in this Diocese – many of them are ecumenical which gives a great strength to what we can offer our communities when churches work together. “Many Messy Churches have more people attending them than the regular Sunday worship, often good numbers like 15 in the congregation and 55 attending Messy Church. Messy Church is for all ages not just children. “What is crucial is that Messy Church breaks down the barriers between the community and church that may exist for whatever reason, and its strength is that it is a relational style of ministry. We get to know one another, people feel they belong to something meaningful that often helps them on their journey of faith – wherever they may be on that journey – aged 5 or 55. “Messy Church enables children and adults to journey together – everyone does all the activities together and that is a huge thing for some families who may not ever sit down with their children and do things together for whatever reason. “We may plant a seed of faith and God makes it grow – lots of research points out that if we don’t reach a child by the time it is seven years old, that child’s understanding of faith has already been formed.” To find out more about Messy Church and how you can get involved please visit, where you can simply enter your postcode and find the nearest Messy Church to you. -ENDS-

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