…………..Next meeting Thursday 9th November at 3.30pm
Messy Church is a monthly time of getting messy, and making crafts while learning and exploring more about Jesus and God’s love for us. We have a different theme each time, we sing action songs, hear God’s word from the Bible and pray together. And our popular puppets always make an appearance to sing a song!
Our Meeting in October
This month’s messy church was a fairly quiet affair with a handful of regulars and a sprinkling of newbies. It was not however, particularly calm! Especially when during the talk we handed round some lovely fresh Sardines! The theme this month was ‘Harvest’ and how we need to be thankful for the food we have. The talk was based around the Miracle of the feeding of the 5000. All the children agreed that I couldn’t feed all of them with the five rolls and two fish … and they were astonished when I said that Jesus had fed 5000 people with just that! On the screens we saw what a crowd of 5000 people would look like, and what the crowd would have looked like to Jesus. It sparked some good questions, and is a mind-blowing concept for us adults to conceive, let alone for the children to understand.
Two action songs today, one had the Tear fund message on the overhead, showing where Tear fund is working in the world with families that are starving. It is good to think of others when we pray our prayers of gratitude, asking God to help those who do not have enough food.
Then it was craft time. We had a large pumpkin ready and waiting. It was our Thankful Pumpkin and the children came and told Christine what they would like to add a thank you for. The pumpkin is full of Thank you prayers for all sorts of things, including the sunshine and our Church. (hopefully you can see it in church before it goes soggy!) The children were given a pumpkin prayer to remind them of God’s love and Light … especially as the season of Halloween is imminent. The big make consisted of carved potatoes making smiley faces prints around a picture of Jesus and the little boy from the story, as many smiley faces were printed onto the page as possible! Not sure we quite got to 5000 but bear enough! We made vegetable puppets which were used in the last song of the day! and light catchers with autumn leaves and tissue paper. The older children had an Apple bobbing station … and at one point every child was eating at least one apple! We finished off with our Messy Church prayers and a reminder of next month’s date … 9th Nov.
Please continue to pray for Messy church and its leaders, and the wonderful families who come along. An extra big Thank you to the volunteers this month, who went above and beyond their normal tasks. They are truly amazing.
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Having a Crafty time!
Children are always excited and look forward to seeing and hearing our puppets as they sing a song.
After this time in the church we then move to the nearby church hall for tea together. This is a simple hot meal for everyone – children, parents and carers.
Messy Church is on the second Thursday each month during school terms (except December). Children and parents come straight after school starting from 3:15pm. Younger, pre-school children also come! There is no need to book, It is a time for adults and children together. We look forward to seeing you soon…