Resources

Messy Church Canada provides resources to start up and grow your Messy Church. Resources are provided through our monthly eNewsleter, workshops and gatherings, events, videos and other print materials. MCC also encourages our Messy Churches to share their ideas, activities, themes, food planning and the like as we all grow together – so do let us know about your messy journey!

The Messy Church Canada Course

Our brand new online course is being released and enhanced module by module. Be one of the first to check it out here!

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The Messy Church Canada Course

Your introduction to all things Messy Church! You'll learn the basics of discipleship and evangelism to help you stay grounded and focused, as well as practical tips and ideas for how to run a great Messy Church!

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Events and Workshops

By attending a Messy Church workshop or Messy Fiesta you will have an opportunity to experience what Messy Church can offer your church.

  • A Messy Church Workshop (90-120 minutes) is often part of a conference or an information session for a Diocese, Presbytery or Conference
  • A Messy Fiesta is a full day (10am-3pm) session that may be part of a conference or a stand alone event – usually on a Saturday. The morning is a themed ‘Messy Church’ gathering then presentations and Q & A in the afternoon.
  • A Messy Meet Up is a gathering of Messy Church leaders and practitioners to network, share ideas, learn about new ideas for specific topics or themes – generally for 2-3 hours.

Messy Church Workshops and Fiestas will allow you to experience a Messy Church as well as to gather resources, and to explore the history of this innovative way of being church in a changing world. You will take away knowledge, skills and materials to help you get started – and have lots of fun as you meet with other interested folks!

If you are interested in hosting an event, please let us know!

Newsletters

Check out our past newsletters and subscribe to the Messy Church monthly eNewsletter to receive lots of free resources, articles, and ideas from Canadians and folks from around the world!

Videos

We have a library of videos for you to learn from and use!

Regional Coordinators

Our volunteer Regional Coordinators are located across Canada – they pray for, support and resource Messy Churches in their region and are a blessing to us.

You can find your Regional Coordinator HERE. If you have questions, please get in touch with the Messy Church Team leader.

Books

A wide range of books and other resources are available to support your Messy Church.

 Scripture Union (SU) in Pickering, ON distributes all the Messy Church books in Canada including the core books (Messy Church 1, 2, & 3) which include themes for a whole year. As well there are specific craft books, seasonal (Easter, Christmas) books, books on Celebration, Messy Prayers, How to Start Your Messy Church, Messy Church Discipleship and more. If you can’t find a Messy Church book you are looking for, call SU at 1-905-427-4947 or email Joan joan@scriptureunion.ca

Submitting Themes

Messy Churches across Canada are invited to submit themes for inclusion.

There are wonderful themes in the three ‘Messy Church’ books as well as in ‘Messy Christmas’ and ‘Messy Easter’ and the ‘Get Messy’ newsletters (4 themes every 4 months) – but most MC practitioners contextualize and put their own spin on what they do! We all work hard to prepare for each Messy Church, and we can lighten the load and spark creativity and ideas for others by sharing our themes.

So please consider submitting a theme to share and include the following information with your submission:

  • Your name, church and affiliation, when you run your MC etc
  • Title of Theme and Biblical reference
  • 8-10 Activities (try to include an edible craft and game along with other crafts)
  • Each of the 8-10 activity sheets should include what you need, how to do it and what to talk about along with a picture if possible. Be sure to include references for activities you have adapted from another source.
  • Take Home idea to further the conversation on the theme after folks leave.

Please note that copyright is important and so if you have made adaptations to existing materials, please be sure to be specific regarding your sources. If you have photos including children, be sure you have permission to publish them.

Submissions should be sent to the MCC Team Leader.

Available Themes

Submitted by Canadian Messy Churches

Get Messy Magazine

Available from the UK, it is published every four months and includes great articles and themes. Click here for more information and to download.

Other Resources

Free Resources are available on Messy Church’s international website.