Janie French helping the Baines kids Asher, Indiara and Bryn with some hand painting at the Messy Church in Banora. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Janie French helping the Baines kids Asher, Indiara and Bryn with some hand painting at the Messy Church in Banora. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-Full

Life messy? Join the club

IF YOU have your life together, then a unique new monthly church event is probably not for you.

Messy Church is for people with chaotic lives, those with doubts about God and their faith and those who don't necessarily feel comfortable in a traditional church, Reverend Janie French from the Banora Point Uniting Church said.

Messy Church incorporates fun creative activities such as arts and crafts with singing and performance and discussing spiritual matters.

A meal will also be served to attendees.

Rev French said the fun model of doing church was already being successfully used around the world.

She said many people were intimidated by going to conventional churches and yet there was a real thirst for meaning and spirituality in our society.

"They're not throwing Jesus out but the idea of sitting and having someone talk at you, which is partly what I do for a living, is not that attractive," she said.

"This is exploring a new way to do church and talk about things of faith, perhaps for a generation who think church is old hat but are open to talking about God.

"This is a generation which hasn't come through (the traditional church)."

The first monthly Messy Church will be staged next Saturday from 4pm at the church hall at 2 Darlington Dr.

Being Valentine's Day, the theme will be loving God and loving each other.

Rev French said the model would likely evolve.

"We're feeling our way. I don't know what it's going to look like in three years," she said.

She stressed this was not a way of funnelling more people into the traditional church but an entirely new way of doing church.

She said the irony was her traditional church was growing and had more than 100 members "but that's not the case in other places".

There's no set cost for Messy Church but a donation would be appreciated.

Children must be accompanied by adults.



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