Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

01227 668190
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Messy Church

"Messy Church?" asked the puzzled visitor
"What on earth does that mean?"


For those who feel equally puzzled, “Messy Church” is for families, and anyone who feels young at heart.
So often, church can feel strange and even a bit threatening if you haven't been in much. Many people admit to having some faith in God, but find church difficult. Or it may be that traditional church times aren't really suitable.

Busy at Messy Church


Messy Church is a more informal way of exploring faith and worship. Each time we meet there is a particular theme being followed, so first there are a number of creative activities based on the theme. Some of the activities include ribbon embroidery, large scale painting, glass painting, stained glass windows, mosaics, making windmills, name bracelets, foot painting and many others.



Families enjoy worship at Messy Church


Then we move to another part of the church and have a short time of worship, often using DVDs, where the children are free to join in in whatever way they want to. Finally, we all enjoy food and friendship together.
We want Messy Church to be as warm and welcoming as possible, so if you come along and can think of any improvements, we will be delighted to discuss them with you!



Tea time at Messy Church


Messy Church is normally on the third Sunday of the month in Barham church from 4 - 5:30 pm. There is no Messy Church during August, and sometimes around Christmas and Easter we have 'specials' instead which may be on a different day and time.



Come and see what you think!