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!
God is Love
With St Valentine’s day just around the corner, we focused on love at Messy Church, specifically, how much God loves every one of us. During the carpet time we spoke about the Prodigal son. Some of the children acted out the parts, as we told the story. The children enjoyed watching their friends, and really took the story on board, which then gave way to lots of questions (whilst eating chocolate coins that the younger brother had idally thrown around!) It was interesting to see how the children thought about the brothers, and the Father’s warm welcome to the son who had squandered his inheritance. They understood that their own parents forgave them when they did silly things but were confused by the celebration and the fact that the other brother was grumpy. They also had to try and grasp the fact that there was no technology then. The son couldn’t ping his Dad a quick email, send him a picture on Facebook, text or ring, or even use Skype. No computers meant that the son could only write a letter which would have taken a very long while to reach home! Getting the children involved in the story made it more real to them, they could see the reactions, that the son really was sorry, and that the father was just so excited to welcome him home.
Martha and Mathilda’s Mummy shared her birthday on the same day, and she had still come along, so we had to sing happy birthday! We had action songs, dancing and singing. Tea was flowing, and biscuits brought smiles to little faces.
Our crafts stayed on the theme of love. We made heart cards for somebody that we loved to tell them why they meant so much to us. The cocktail bar was popular, with various fruit juices available to make your own super-duper cocktail, which the children then had to name! Our big make was a mass of the things that we love. Hundreds of notes thanking God for pets, friends, family, special days out and more.
We are looking forward to our next Messy Church on March 8th. See you there!
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Having a Crafty time!