- All-ages: Messy Church is designed to include people of all ages, children, teens, adults and seniors.
- Hospitality: Each gathering is created to be accessible to everyone, whether or not they have any previous experience of church.
- Creative: Life is messy. Messy Church engages participants using all their senses. This may include listening to music, baking bread, crushing mint leaves, or creating a mosaic. Whatever the activity, it is designed to focus on the theme of the day and encourage conversation among the participants.
- Celebration: Each Messy Church includes a time to hear the Biblical story and celebrate the experience of learning together.
- Christ-Centered: Messy church is above all Church. It is a time and place to tell the story of Christ and experience His presence in the community of disciples.