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The first Messy Church began in 2004 when a group at St Wilfrid's in Cowplain near Portsmouth were frustrated because, as a church, they were hardly reaching any children with God's story.
They had lovely buildings and facilities but weren't using them enough. They had wonderful creative people in the church, and the area they lived in needed as much community-building as possible, being a rather featureless suburb. There was a lot of sympathy towards church in general but the church wasn't offering anything that really gripped the imagination of local families.
They decided very early on to try to do something for all ages together, partly out of a belief that we grow best as a church when we walk the journey with as many different people as possible, and partly from a desire to help families grow together in their walk of faith, not see Christianity as something you grow out of when you're eleven.
The rest is history... a messy present... and an unknown future that you may well be part of too!
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