Messy Church 2017

APRIL 2017

THE LOST SHEEP CAME TO MESSY CHURCH

On the last day if April the parable of the Lost Sheep was celebrated at Messy Church. This story celebrates the fact that to Jesus every single person is loved by him and he will never leave us and so all the activities were based on this.

Seven lost sheep were hidden around church waiting to be found by our eager searchers, some proved more difficult than others and occasionally an extra clue was needed. In the end all were successfully found and a little prize awarded to our intrepid shepherds! Sheep shaped biscuits were hand-made by our very own Nigella (otherwise known as Anne) which the children then decorated with tiny marshmallows and they were then able to make woolly sheep to adorn the banner each with their name attached. The puzzle book always proves a popular activity and this one included a crossword, word search, maze, sudoku and colouring page for them to enjoy at home. A prayer in the form of a heart shaped wall hanging looked beautiful and very trendy when constructed and will hopefully adorn many homes for years to come and a sheep fridge magnet made in colourful fabrics will be sure to brighten up many family kitchens. Finally, a sheep made another appearance on a pencil holder to keep safe all those elusive pens/pencils which are never were they should be when you're looking for one! After all this busy bustle it was very welcome to sit in the chancel and listen to Lynn talk of the lost sheep parable and watch an entertaining cartoon of the story. We all joined in a very catchy song which had everyone repeatedly shouting out 'I'VE LOST MY SHEEP' (guaranteed to stay in your brain for the rest of the night!). Picnic time followed and tea and chat time for the adults, all too soon we were waving our shepherds off and looking forward to seeing them again at out next Messy Church.

We would like to thank all those parents who kindly help to tidy up after Messy Church this is very much appreciated by us all.

If you would like any more information on our forthcoming Messy Church please call Lynn on 670739 or Marion on 682701

 

FEBRUARY 2017         

ALL THINGS BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL

At February's Messy Church we celebrated all things bright and beautiful in God's wonderful world. We are fortunate in living in such a lovely area and we sometimes are in danger of taking for granted all the beauty around us and so it was good to take time to appreciate the wonders we all enjoy.

As the children arrived the activities got underway and there was plenty for them  to do! The Banner was an explosion of colour with flowers, bees, sparkling butterflies, fluffy sheep and hatching chicks all crafted by the children and is now on display within the church, do pop in and admire their handiwork if you get a chance. The Gardening Club had very kindly donated sunflower seeds for our use and these were planted in brightly decorated pots and taken home to bloom later in the year (so keep your eyes open for sunflowers displayed in village windows). A very big thank- you to the Gardening Club from all at Messy Church for this thoughtful donation. Stones were also decorated with paint and shiny gems to make beautiful paper weights/ornaments. These looked extremely attractive and some very creative hands were busy at work on this activity. The children were then able to make huge wriggly snakes as a reference to the snake in the Garden of Eden who tempted Eve to take forbidden fruit from the tree and the food activity again proved very popular with delicious fruit pies made and taken home to be consumed later. The Hunt had children scurrying all around the Church searching for glittery fish and finally a very cleverly constructed snappy animal was made. Activity time came to an end and peace descended as everyone sat in the Chancel to watch a visual presentation given by Lynn and join in the songs. This was enjoyed by all and followed by the picnic when everyone had the chance to relax and chat together. All too soon it was time to say goodbye and another busy and fun filled Messy Church drew to a close.

After all the preparation it is so rewarding to share in the pleasure of the children who join us at Messy Church and all are made welcome. Our next Messy Church will be on Sunday 30th April, more details in April's Parish Magazine.

If you would like any more information please call Lynn on 670730 or Marion on 682701.