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!
Love to Party!
The clue is in the title! With Messy Church falling on Valentine’s day (and a birthday!) we just had to have a party. The church was filled with music, balloons, biscuits, cake and even some candles to blow out thanks to my lovely friends and volunteers. A challenge was set at the beginning to see who could count how many hearts there were in church … with guesses ranging from 20 – 1000! Yes! there was a lot of love to be shared, and a lot of fun to be had! We introduced a couple of new songs, one of which was a real ear worm, spelling out L O V E and teaching us all about how much God loves us.
Our talk focused on the people we love.” Who do you love?” I asked the children. I explained that God loves EVERYBODY, even me! Even you! Even your annoying brother or sister! And God doesn’t just love you … he loves you more than anyone else ever could. And he loves you FOREVER AND EVER! It is something that as adults we never tire of hearing. “what love is this that he should die for me” taken from a well-known hymn. For children it is something unfathomable but amazing. They maybe do not think about anybody else loving them except from their family, yet as we grow our love grows for the people around us.
Our crafts included a giant heart covered in colour, with names of our loved ones all over it. One big heart, one big family. There were coasters to make with heart tea lights, pipe cleaners and beads to make beautiful hanging hearts, biscuit decorating with heart marshmallows! as well as cards to make for somebody who needed to know that God loved them!
The puppets own rendition of “she loves you” by The Beatles, was fantastic, and we all ate more cake together for pudding after yummy hotdogs. What a wonderful way to spend Valentines day, with our Messy Church Family. Thank you so much for all my birthday wishes … I was so glad I spent it with all of you.
See you all again on March 14th. Please invite any families along to join in the fun.
God Bless, Katey x
Children and Families worker at Pakefield Church