What is Messy Church??

Messy Church began in April 2004 near Portsmouth. It is church for families who find it hard to go to church on a Sunday, and a typical session would include chilling, creating, celebrating and chomping. It meets at a time most suitable for a local area, either after school or at the weekend. Perhaps the most significant aspects are those of:

welcoming the whole family together not just the children; being a church not a club; eating together.


Messy Church  at St Mary's meets every  month on a Friday afternoon between 4 - 6pm
in St Mary's Centre, Lion Street, Rye
(just a few yards away from the church)

Everyone is very welcome. 

Dates for Messy Church are: 

1st December 2017

2nd February 2018

2nd March 2018

6th April 2018

4th May 2018

1st June 2018

 Contact St Mary's Messy Church here.

Harvest Festival at St Mary's Messy Church

7th October

veggie people

veggie peopleWe made people out of vegetables

(left and below)

we made bread rolls

bread rolls

food bank

And we donated our harvest offerings to Rye Food Bank

Messy Church Outing on Friday 29th July 2016


Messy Church members and friends set off on a double decker bus (Thank you Renown and thank you to the congregation of St Mary's who paid for it) to Blackberry Farm (http://blackberry-farm.co.uk/ ) on their annual outing. Although it rained on the journey there by the time we arrivegoatd it had stopped and we had a dry and not too hot day. Lots of animals to see including the Gloucester Old Spot piglets, donkeys, alpacas ( a really cute baby!), goats and a lovely pony. The play areas were enjoyed by all as was the ever popular tractor ride.








Gloucester Old Spot Piglets

Good Friday 2015

edible easter garden

Easter Egg Tree

Decorative Eggs

Suncatcher CrossesDecorative Eggs

Floral Crossmaking the Floral Cross

Decorative EggEaster Tree

This is what we did on 6th June 2014 to celebrate Pentecost

Worship time

Worship time

Helicopter flying

Flying helicopters from the pulpit

Messy Church flying their paper helicopters

Kite flyingKite flying