A CREATIVE way of getting families into church has been hailed for bringing together a new generation of worshippers.
The Bishop of Durham has praised the impact of the Messy Church movement in connecting children and their parents with the church.
The Right Revd Paul Butler is a supporter of the idea and wrote the introduction to Messy Church Theology, the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church.
The sessions includes activities which explore biblical themes through getting messy, celebration time involving story, prayer, song and games and a sit-down meal together, with all ages welcome.
The Bishop, who is chairman of the Churches National Safeguarding Committee, and the lead among the Bishops on children and young people, said: “Messy Church is brilliant.
“I have been a great fan from the very outset.
“The message I want to get across is that this is the church for many people. This is not preparing people to come to church properly. It really is church for those who gather and when it’s run really well we are seeing people coming to faith in Christ.
“I love Messy Church.”
During Easter, Durham Cathedral hosted a series of such events, with Messy Churches held in schools and even a nursing home in County Durham.