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