Annual Report - April 2016

Messy Church continues to thrive and we seem to have a group of regular attenders. We are about to have our annual Good Friday Messy Church at time of writing. During the past year we have meet every 2 months as before and we have explored the themes of David – Shepherd Boy to King; Sporty Messy Church; the Story of Ruth; Christingle and Candlemas.

We have a good strong team of planners and helpers but we are always happy to welcome more people to help run activities, assist with catering and clearing up. My thanks go out to all who are involved in whatever way.

Our sessions are on Wednesday afternoons at 3.30 straight after Wednesday Cuppa and it is not unusual for people to come and see what we are doing after they have had their tea. This flow from one type of activity to another is very positive and helps to build bridges between different groups who attend church.

Messy Church - May 2013

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Messy Church continues to be successful and at our last one we celebrated The Good Shepherd. The children enjoyed decorating sheep, making masks of sheep heads and Shepherds, making straw musical pipes and decorating a very large sheep to go with our life size Shepherd. The children were told a story which included the 23rd Psalm. We then shared a meal together and guess what? It was Shepherd's pie all round!! The children enjoyed fairy cakes and fresh fruit and a really good time was had yet again at another Messy Church. Thank you to all the helpers who made this possible as the children and their parents really enjoyed themselves.
 
Our next Messy Church event will be Wednesday 5th June.
We start at 3:30pm and at 5:00pm we share a hot meal together.
 
What to expect:
A warm welcome – refreshments – craft activities – celebration worship –
a story – songs – prayer
 
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.
 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Messy Church celebrated St Nicholas

We have had another successful messy church with lots of children who brought along a parent. Several of the mothers commented that the craft activities were the best yet and included painting angel decorations, making candles and a St Nicholas card, making bishops’ mitres, mosaics and decorating biscuits. There was music and carols and the little ones had colouring sheets to complete.

The children enjoyed the story and singing the ‘St. Nicholas come and visit us’ song and were surprised when he took time out of his busy schedule to visit them. Before their meal they all removed their shoes and on returning were excited to see St Nicholas had left them a box of raisins, gold coin and sweets tucked into one shoe!

We ate 100 sausages, 12 tins of baked beans(!!!) cakes, fruit, sandwiches etc. it is surprising how much children can eat.

The Messy Church Team exceeded themselves and provided a really enjoyable afternoon for everyone and now deserve a well-earned rest before our next MC!

The Lost Coin - June 2013

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The theme of our last Messy Church in June was The Lost Coin and we had lots of activities relating to coins. As you can see from the picture the children really enjoyed painting the woman who had lost the coin.
The children enjoyed fish fingers, fairy cakes and fresh fruit and a really good time was had yet again at another Messy Church. Thank you to all the helpers who made this possible. The children and their parents enjoyed themselves.
Our next Messy Church event will be Wednesday 28th August.
We start at 3:30pm and at 5:00pm we share a hot meal together.
 
What to expect:
A warm welcome – refreshments – craft activities – celebration worship –
a story – songs – prayer
Messy church is something different.
It's about people who want to do church differently and want to
share it with others.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Good Friday mini Messy Church

On Good Friday we had a mini Messy Church event in the morning. Craft activities included making an Easter garden on a plate with the empty tomb and the three crosses. Children had chickens to colour that sat on a little nest in which we placed Easter eggs for them to have later. Easter egg shapes were decorated and prayers written on them by the children to hang on a prayer tree during the worship service.
 
Dice were made so that they would remember that the soldiers gambled over Jesus' cloak. A biscuit was decorated for them to take home and eat. In all the children really enjoyed the activities.
 
We held a short worship service, which included a couple of hymns they sang as the music group played for them. It was wonderful to watch the children as the story of Easter was being told. We ended by children and parents and helpers all eating hot crossed buns.
 
Thank you to all the helpers who made Good Friday Messy Church so successful.