Messy Church – Events


Messy Church at Berewood Primary School

Messy Church is FREE fun for all the family.  Join us for food, craft, games, stories and much more.  There really is something for all the family from a soft toys play area for tots, crafts for budding artisans, up to obstacle courses for teens, with a short slot for fun songs and stories.  See below for the kind of things we’ve got  up to at previous messy churches and other events.



We had a great Messy Easter Drop In Session on Saturday 15th April with Easter crafts, refreshments and Hot Cross Buns.  


We had a ‘Messy Church zone’ at the Berewood Primary School Fete.  A taster of the things we get up to…  we also had our Messy Church Summer BBQ on 3rd July


At our Messy Church on 15th May our theme was ‘What a Wonderful World’.



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Another fab Messy Church was had on

17th April.

Our theme was Noah, and we had face painting!


Many from Berewood turned out and raised £360 for Sport Relief by doing the 1 mile Fun Run and the 5km Run!

Fantastic job!  Thanks and well done to everyone who took part, and to the organisations and companies who helped and paid for supporting items so that ALL money raised would go directly to Sport Relief:  [thanks to The Denmead Striders, Grainger plc, Berewood Primary School, St John’s Ambulance, Berewood Community Ministry, Waterlooville Baptist Church, ]

 Sport Relief photos

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Huge thanks to Waterlooville Baptist Church, Berewood Primary School for use of the building, Caterpillar crafts for a huge amount of input and to helpers from St John’s Purbrook too.


Berewood Christingle and Christmas Celebration December 2015

A wonderful evening sponsored by Grainger Trust, Bloor and Redrow, with performances from Berewood Primary School, Crookhorn and Carols led by the Oaklands Band.  Fabulous to be joined again by the Mayors of Winchester and Havant.  We made our own Christingles and had lots of sweets, we filled ourselves with lovely food and even visited Santa’s grotto in the show home.  Was lovely to be huddled up in the marquee while we lit our Christingles and prayed thanking God for Christmas and remembering those in need including wave 105FM’s Christmas Mission for local Children in poverty.


Messy Church November 2015: Joseph and his coat of many colours

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Messy Church October 2015: Jesus said I am the Light of the World

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Messy Church September 2015: Jesus said I am the True Vine

Messy Challenge against the clock…. Vegetable people…            crazy crafts….


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craft bracelets…..                           edible caterpillar grape kebabs!     raring to get crafty!

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Messy Church at Berewood Primary School Summer Fair

The Berewood School Summer Fete was an amazing event – well done to all the organisers and helpers!  We had a great time in the Messy-Church-Zone which was part of the fair.  We hear that you did too – hope to see you at Messy Church in the Autumn!




Messy Church at Berewood 14th June 2015

We hit the beach for our Messy Church summer special.  Lots of sand related activities, then a family game in the sun followed by buffet lunch on the lawn!


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It was Fish Finger sandwiches in the sun on the lawn after doing our crafts and activities all around the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes.  We built up an appetite with crafts and activities – making baskets and necklaces, flipping the fish, making sugar fish and racing against the clock and more.  We enjoyed Martin’s cartoon – here’s the sample version.  There’s more of these fab cartoons at

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EASTER SPECIAL Messy Church at Berewood: Sunday 29th March 2015

We had a great time at our Messy Church Easter Special.  Our crafts and activities followed Jesus through his last week in Jerusalem with our messy feet-painted footprints, pinning the tail on the donkey, our tracing paper ‘stained glass’ crosses and our race-against-time to find all the Easter eggs whilst ensuring plenty of chocolate was consumed with our Easter eggs nests and more!



Messy Church at Berewood: 1st March

Icartoon_sheept all got a bit baaaarmy at our March Messy Church!  Jesus called himself the good shepherd so we did the most amazing and creative sheep-and-shepherd-related crafts and activities.  My favourite was the sheep cakes: iced round cakes covered in marshmallows with edible sheep faces.  There was sheep rings, sheep hats, a full-human-sized-lost-sheep-boardgame, our save the sheep race against the clock, a stories and some fun songs a lovely mealtime shared together and more.



Messy Church at Berewood: 1st February 2015

We had a great time at our first Messy Church at Berewood Primary School on 1st Feb!  Crafts and fun activities, a rather mad song, a quick story and a quiz on the topic of the Lord’s prayer followed by a family meal together





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… at Berewood Primary School

Drop-in running from 10am ’till 12 noon
Free Family fun for all.
Christmas crafts and Biscuit decorating,
Dress up and take a photo in our nativity scene. Refreshments with bacon butties!




Berewood Christmas Celebration Christingle Evening 2014

The Berewood Christmas Celebration Christingle Evening on 8th Dec was attended by over 100 people in a marquee outside Bloor Homes.  Around 40 children came from Berewood Primary school who performed Christmas songs, older children also performed from Crookhorn School and children from Oaklands Catholic School’s band performed and played carols.  The event was attended by the mayors of Winchester and Havant and there was good representation from a number of churches.

The Christingle prayer was presented by Rev John (Waterlooville Baptist) and Rev Connie Sherman (St John’s Purbrook).  Father Mike Sheffield (St George’s) was also in attendance for the earlier part of the evening representing the St George’s Church.  Thanks are offered to Christ Alive Church for the loan of the PA equipment.

Many thanks to Bloor Homes who generously contributed publicity materials, a tree, mulled wine, mince pies and Christingle materials.  Thanks also to Grainger Trust who generously contributed the marquee, and heavily subsidised the delicious food.

Berewood Easter Event:  Free Family Fun for all ages

This was described as ‘fun in the Sun’ by the reporter from the News!  A really good writeup in the ‘Stay Local’ too.  A lot of fun was had by all who came on Easter Monday to the Family Fun Event on Berewood Green including a number of local residents and those who are going to be coming to the new Berewood Primary School, and a good number from a spread of local churches.

Easter Activity Trail 5There was an Easter Egg Activity Trail with chocolate eggs, a competition to design an Easter Egg, Easter Crafts, Biscuit decorating (and I saw some eating too), and hot drinks and hot cross buns too.

Many thanks to Grainger plc for granting permission to use the land.  Thanks also to the helpers from Waterlooville Baptist and St John’s Purbrook.

We’re looking forward to the next Event.
















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Christmas at Berewood: A community celebration with Christingles and Carols (2013)

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A great time was had by all at the first Berewood Community Ministry event.  This was called Christmas at Berewood: A community celebration with Christingles and Carols.  The event was attended by two mayors – the mayor of Winchester offered a welcome to Berewood residents to the Borough of Winchester and the mayor of Havant offered a welcome to Berewood residents to Havant Borough and to the town Waterlooville. Ten minute items were presented by Mill Hill Primary School, Crookhorn Secondary School, Oaklands Secondary School and the Waterlooville Community Choir.  A puppet show was presented by the Waterlooville Girls Brigade.  Carol singing and other items were presented by Waterlooville Community Choir.  There were table-top activities presented by the Waterlooville Boys Brigade and by Berewood Primary School and a non-alcoholic hot orange punch and lighting equipment was provided by Waterlooville Baptist Church, and thanks are offered to Christ Alive Church for the loan of the PA equipment.

Berewood Christingle

Berewood Christingle


Many thanks to Bloor Homes who generously contributed publicity materials, a tree, mulled wine and mince pies.  Thanks also to Grainger Trust who generously contributed the marquee, hot dogs and hot drinks.

It was a special privilege for John to be able to announce at the event for the first time in public that Sue Patrick would be the new Head of Berewood Primary School.

The Christingle prayer was presented by Rev John (Waterlooville Baptist), Father Mike Sheffield (St George’s) and Mr Bill Berry (Hartplain Methodist/Anglican LEP).  Father Kevin Bidgood was also in attendance for the earlier part of the evening representing the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart.

A memorable first community event for Berewood!

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