Health & safety
Our team have had some correspondence with an Environmental Health Officer who has provided some helpful advice that Messy Church leaders need to take on board to make sure Messy Churches meet all the rules and regulations around food hygiene. We would also expect based on this guidance that all Messy Churhces would need to inform their local authorities about the level of food provision they are making.
Linda kindly emailed today with a warning about one of the craft activities about a danger I hadn't foreseen. Many thanks, Linda:
The wonderful, thorough and conscientious Jenny Brandon has been researching what she needs to do to meet the regulations for food hygiene for her Messy Church. We both thought her discoveries would be useful to other teams, so here's the correspondence:
I've had a couple of emails recently from leaders with a BIG problem: they fear too many people coming to Messy Church! So put that in your 'church is dead' pipe and smoke it, oh people who say church attendance is dropping irredeemably.
But it is a problem, as nobody wants to turn folk away, but at the same time, you need to keep things safe and manageable and have some level of intimacy. I'll copy one of the emails below with my answer, but if you have any further inspiration, do email me and I'll share your wisdom around.