Messy Questions

What is Messy Church?

It is an experience of worship of all ages, creative, biblical, and community-based! The 90-minute gatherings will include activities, dinner, storytelling, worship, and a biblical theme or idea.


Who should come?

Anyone who wants to experience being with God and others in a non-traditional setting. Messy Church is perfect for people with little or no religious background, people from other faiths who want to meet God and others as a family, and those looking for something a little less formal.


What will we do?

Each gathering will start with a simple welcome, a time to engage in some activity-based fun on the theme of the day, share a meal, hear the biblical story, and participate in a very simple time of worship.


What will it cost?

There is no cost to come, but if you are so moved, a free-will offering will be taken so that we can keep Messy Church going! 


Do I need to sign up?

No! Just come with your family, whether that's a traditional family unit, single-parent household, same-gender couples, multi-generational home, or any other kind of "family" you may be. There will be a place for you.


What will we do for two hours?

It may change a bit from time to time, but generally, we will follow the outline below to make sure that we have time for everything and everyone!

4:30 p.m. Welcome

4:40 p.m. Activities  (four specially designed activities plus Play Dough and Lego tables for the youngest ones)

5:15 p.m. Dinner

5:40 p.m. Storytelling

5:50 p.m. Worship

6:00 p.m. Wrap Up


Learn more about the international Messy Church movement here.


Contact Us

First Congregational

United Church of Christ

131 Pascack Rd.

Park Ridge NJ 07656


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Office Hours


9:00 a.m.-12 noon

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