Connecting with local families through Messy Church: St Paul's, Camden Square, North London, London Diocese

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Messy Church at St Pauls', Camden Square, has been running for three years and shows how introducing a fresh expression of Church within a parish has worked succesfully, engaging with children and families in an urban setting.

Meeting twice each term on a Wednesday afternoon between 4.30 and 6.30pm, the session begins with arts, crafts and games followed by about 30 minutes of informal worship, which sometimes includes 'Messy Mass'. After this a hot meal is served and everyone gathers together to eat and socialise.

According to the leader, Rebecca Feeney, a Pastoral Assistant working in the parish, Messy Church has been a way of reaching families who wouldn't otherwise have much to do with church, offering an opportunity to meet people, form friendships and learn about God in a format that is non-threatening and non-pressurising.

A number of families have asked for their children to be baptised as a result of attending a Messy Church.


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