The Bridge Group Parish


Nackington   Lower Hardres   Bridge   Patrixbourne   Bekesbourne

Messy Church

Services in The Bridge Benefice

Thanks to a fantastic team of volunteers January 2019 saw the start of Messy Church at Bridge and Patrixbourne Church of England Primary School. Each month the team of volunteers from the church, school and local community come together to provide various crafts and activities based on the theme for the Month. Themes so far have included, 'Where do I feel safe', 'The Easter Story' and 'The Centurion's Servant'.

Messy Church meets on a Saturday (usually the third Saturday of the Month) from 4pm-6pm. After an hour of crafting we all join together for the bible story the crafts have been themed around and the children act our their parts. Following on from the story we sing together and then finish the afternoon with a delicious hot meal cooked and served from the schools kitchen.

For more information please contact Estella on 01227 206272  or visit

For October 2020 we are trialling 'Mini Messy Church'

Bridge Church, 4-5pm


 Saturday 31st October—Light in the Darkness

· 6-8 families max, socially distanced from one another in the Church in an allocated space for each family (usual guidance re social distancing, hygiene, masks etc applies)

· Craft activities/games in family groups followed by story, prayer and blessing song

· Resources for older children especially those who have just moved up to Secondary school

· BYO snack and drink if wanted

Places will be allocated on a 'first come first served basis' so please do get in touch to book your family's place. When booking please give us your full contact details and the number of people and ages of the children in your group.

Call or email Estella on  01227 206272/


Here are a few photos from our first Mini Messy Church






Here are some ideas for activities to do with children. Jesus' ascension.pdf May 21st - Ascension Day The Shepherd.pdf A second chance for Peter.pdf Jesus' resurrection.pdf


For the latest 'Messy Church at Home' activites visit the links to our youtube channel

Messy Church July 2020 -

Maundy Thursday-

Palm Sunday-

21st April-


February's Messy Church

For February's Messy Church we looked forwrd to Lent and the time that Jesus spent in the desert. Each child was given a copy of the #LiveLent booklets to give them inspiration on ways that they can all help to care for creation.


Messy Church's First Birthday

80 people gathered together to celebrate the success of the first year of Messy Church. Everyone voted for their favourite Messy Church song, made some wonderful crafts and cupcakes and had a birthday tea complete with a fantastic cake!



November's Messy Church

For November's Messy Church we thought about the Holy Spirit, how it connects us, how it is powerful and how it is there even when we cannot see it.

September's Messy Church

It was lovely to see so many families return to Messy Church after the Summer Holidays! Here are a few photos of what they got up too!


June's Messy Church

Vegetable locusts, finger painting and a paddling pool! Just some of the ways parents and children celebrated John the Baptist at June's Messy Church.


May's Messy Church

May saw the parents and children doing craft activities based around the bible story of the Centruion's Servant. Making Roman helmets, playing Roman tic-tac-toe and writing prayers for healing all followed by a wonderful dinner of Lasagna and salad.


Messy Easter at Bridge and Patrixbourne!

Easter 2019 saw Messy Church combine with Margaret's Easter workshop and so much fun was had! Biscuits were made, crosses were decorated and a wonderful Easter garden was planted in the school grounds.


 Photos from January and February's Messy Church