‘Maximising the Mess’ Mondays: SEND in Messy Church

Published 11th April 2016 by Messy Church

Round 2: ‘Maximising the Mess’ Mondays: Welcoming people with SEND to Messy Church
Most Messy Churches will find that families in which one person has special needs of some sort are starting to come regularly. This is a huge joy and privilege. As a diverse and all-embracing church family, we long for everyone to feel safe, welcome and valued at Messy Church, whatever their needs. Some leaders and team members can feel ignorant about how best to welcome people who don’t fit the norm: we hope these easy steps will demonstrate how it’s not rocket science nor does it need specialist knowledge. Instead, it’s simply about being a great host to everyone. We’re very grateful to Trish Hahn, our Messy SEND coordinator, for her expert help with this.
Martyn Payne recently visited Trish at her Messy Church. Here are some reflections. 
Messy Church has proved to be a winning formula in so many different social contexts, attracting people to try church again or for the first time. The added dimension of sensitivity towards those with additional needs in their families, evidenced by simple practical ideas and signage which made them welcome, meant that the tried-and-tested Messy formula of activities, sensory worship and food was a runaway success.
Read more

You may also like

by Messy Church

As you might have guessed from last week’s Facebook live, I love sport, in particular football and F1 so it’s been quite a few days! When faith and football collide, that makes me very happy!

Read more
by Messy Church

How do you begin to encompass in a few words a trip lasting 4 weeks, across two vast counties and three time zones, as well at least three different climates.

Read more

Our Home

17th Jun 2024
by Messy Church

Our Home. What images do these two simple words conjure up?

Read more

Reciprocity

14th May 2024
by Messy Church

Definition: The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit. Last week I joined, via Zoom, a discussion on Being Intergenerational,

Read more