Messy Church Lent - February 2018

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On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, around 20 families gathered at church to explore Lent the Messy Church way. There were plenty of crafts and activities to take part in. There was “magic” kinetic sand to play with and sand paintings to do to remind us of the time Jesus spent in the desert. There were pretzels to make to represent arms folded in prayer which reminded us to pray more in Lent. We decorated biscuits just for fun! This all happened in the Porch Room whilst in church we wrote prayers to go on our prayer tree, helped make a banner to show the journey through the 40 days of Lent, did lots of colouring and played board games. After the crafts, we played Father Abraham had many sons all together. Then we settled down for our worship. We sang some songs, said some prayers and we put together our Lent-in-a-Bag using sand to remind us that God is always there for us, a stone to remind us to resist temptation, a pipe cleaner figure to remind us to follow Jesus’ teaching and a candle so we can be His lights in the world - (there are some of these bags left over so you can take your own from the Porch Room). We ended the afternoon with a picnic tea in the Porch Room and everyone seemed to have had a good time. My thanks to all who helped to make it a successful afternoon.
Alison Wood

Annual Report - April 2019

Messy Church is flourishing and since last Good Friday, we have had 5 Messy Church events, most of which have been well attended. We meet every other month and have explored various Bible stories. We follow the official Messy Church format of craft activities culminating in worship and finishing with a hot meal. The children and their parents and carers enjoy all aspects of the events. This is due in no small part to the hard work and support of the great team of helpers who give up their time and energy to prepare and run the various activities, including behind the scenes in the kitchen. We have a dedicated team of helpers which seems to be growing. However, we are always on the look-out for more helpers to get involved with the craft activities or with the catering; to help with the clearing up or being available to talk to people. My thanks to all those who support and help with this essential and rewarding part of our Church's mission. Since reordering we have used the church more creatively and the space has lended itself more effectively to some of our activities. We have also explored the idea of having Messy Church on Sunday afternoons rather than a Wednesday afternoon after school and attendance has been encouraging.

It is worth mentioning that Messy Church is a church in its own right and not merely a recruiting ground for the mainstream Sunday congregation though this may be a consequence.

Revd Sandy Emery

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