Messy Churches can support the general curriculum of schools as well as enhancing their spirituality and community relations. The Bible Reading Fellowship Messy Church team has conducted research into the advantages and challenges of running Messy Church in schools. Firstly, school buildings are often used but it is important to note that there can be issues with the need for quick set up, transport and storage. Secondly, schools are familiar to families and therefore nonthreatening, although some adults and teenagers have negative connotations regarding school and will not attend. For these reasons it is important for the church and school to work together to listen to the needs of the community before deciding if a school is the best place for Messy Church. Messy Church is currently run in a variety of ways in schools, with some taking place at the weekends, others after school and a small number happen within the school day. For more information and to read the full document visit BRF.
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