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!
December brought our first Messy Christmas, and it was spectacular! It was such an opportunity to get the true meaning of Christmas to the children. What would it be like if we had winter, but no Christmas? Nothing to look forward to? Without the birth of Jesus, there would be no celebration, no presents, no Christmas dinner! It is a truth that is barely noticed in the midst of the commercialisation we are all surrounded by. This opportunity to bring Jesus back into Christmas was immense. It had to be fun, it had to be sparkly, it had to be real.
We sang we danced, we glittered and sprinkled! The crafts included a bit of floristry with a table decoration to put together, cards, chocolates, Christmas stamps and nativity stickers were just some of the things on offer.
Dinner included ‘elf yourself’ novelties, crackers and jacket potatoes! A meal together just made the evening whole. Wishing everyone a merry Christmas, and giving little gifts including a book affirming the real meaning of Christmas. The children left with smiles on their faces, and Jesus in their hearts.
The new year brings more opportunities to bring children into our church family. To explore Jesus and his teachings, and to spread the love and joy and peace with others. If you feel moved to be a part of the children’s work, please come and find out more. It is such a privilege to see the children learn and grow, knowing that God is loving them more than you or I could ever imagine.
Next Messy church is January 10th. If you know anybody who can help move chairs we could really do with some extra bodies.
Thank you to all who come along, and the wonderful volunteers, for your support over 2018 … I am really excited to see Messy Church grow in 2019 … and I cannot do it without you. Thank you
Happy New Year!!
Proud Children’s and Families worker for Pakefield Church