Two hundred children, 168 adults and a further 100 volunteers who helped on the day made up the almost 500 people in St Albans Cathedral for Messy Cathedral in June.
People came from around 36 parishes from within the Diocese plus about five other churches of different denominations or from outside the Diocese. We had a group from Beaconsfield in Oxford Diocese and some from Vineyard, the Baptist Church and others and the Salvation Army helped with one of the stalls.
Messy Cathedral had three aims:
- To celebrate the growth of Messy Church in our Diocese (and including Ecumenical links)
- To give parishes not yet doing Messy Church the opportunity to see what it’s all about. (Showcasing)
- To give those who already run Messy Church the chance to experience it in a big environment. (Building Community)
This is an extract from an email from a participant:
“The welcome into the Abbey on what was a wet morning by willing volunteers was warm and friendly. There was family-friendly music playing and the space felt bright, warm and open. The nave had been cleared of chairs and was set up with stations of activities for all ages and stages to participate in, which over the course of the morning everyone got stuck into. There was a sense of joy and community as people went from table to table making key rings, biscuits, cakes, hats and other Pentecost themed stuff.
The worship was engaging, meaningful, all-age and deeply, deeply moving at a few points. It was a superb day, the 18 who came from our parish had fun and we now feel inspired to make messy church happen in our parish too.”