In September 2015, to encourage more families to be involved in the life of the Old and Abbey, we launched Messy Church. These once a month sessions on the last Friday of the month very quickly developed into a major feature of our outreach work. The families gather at 5.30pm for a start-up activity before joining together for a Bible story and short worship service. This is followed with the ‘messy’ part with six different craft activities for everyone to have a go at and then the evening finishes with everyone sitting together to enjoy a two course meal. We regularly have seventy to eighty adults and children in attendance and new faces are always very welcome.