Messy Church Project picks up national award

16 May 2016

Messy Church provides a creative environment to bring local families together. The inspiring project based in Scunthorpe, has been awarded a £1,500 prize after nominations from across the UK were invited for the annual Faith in Action awards.

Church Secretary, Christine Hall, was presented with the award at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Oldham on Saturday 14 May. The awards, sponsored by national church insurer Congregational Insurance, recognise the efforts of churches that establish and maintain social initiatives within their local community.

Christine said: “We are delighted to receive this award, particularly as it is a national award. The money will be used to buy further resources to develop our lunchtime soup group and Friday film nights which have grown out of Messy Church.”

Messy Church invites local families and young children to learn about the Gospel of Jesus in an engaging and creative environment by arranging monthly events which are free to attend. Scunthorpe Congregational identified there was limited facilities within the local community where children and parents could learn in a relaxed yet educational setting. These events include singing, crafts and worship and sessions finish with a delicious tuck style tea for all children and the adults too. The church volunteer members and local teenage volunteers work together to provide a creative and friendly environment that has proven to be a huge success and the attendance at Messy Church each month continues to grow.

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational Insurance, commented: “We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as ‘Messy Church’ that really make a difference and unite people. I feel the success of the project lies in the commitment of the volunteers, the warm welcome everyone receives and the social interaction that helps bridge age, gender and cultural divides.”

Rev Adrian Burr, Chair of the Congregational Federation Mission and Society Committee and a member of the judging panel commented: “The standard of entries for this year’s awards was high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, projects have grown out of local congregations and we’re proud to provide ‘Messy Church’ with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue this important work within the community.”

To view short films of this year’s winning projects, visit