THE first ever ‘Messy Church’ held by Tysoe Methodist Church has been hailed a great success and planning has already commenced for the next one at Christmas time.

Over thirty people attended the inaugural harvest themed Messy Church on Saturday October 17 in the treehouse and forest school at Winchcombe Farm Day Nursery in Upper Tysoe.

Families were invited to make bird feeders and nature pictures, decorate a gingerbread farm barn before listening to a talk from a local farmer about his work and then climbing aboard his tractor. The event was then rounded off with campfire cooking including toasting marshmallows.

Messy Church is an informal experience of church where all the family can explore faith together through creative activities, celebration and food.

Reverend Dawn Saunders from Tysoe Methodist Church said: “We are delighted that our first ever Messy Church was such a great success and look forward to holding lots more in the future. We welcomed people of all ages from across the local community, who came together to have fun and celebrate harvest time.

“Messy Church’s values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration and from the feedback we’ve received, I think that we did an excellent job and look forward to seeing more local families join us for the next one."