Today we had two films on the big screen in our gathering. The first was about how much Jesus Loved us, to do all he did for us. After that we made ‘sand crosses’, which were quite easy to make but very attractive when finished. Then we had our second film about the celebrations that took place when Jesus rose from the dead. When we had completed our crosses, Sue led us outside to show them off under the cherry blossom tree in the church grounds. Our refreshments followed before we left in the Spring sunshine.
We had a very full service for Mothering Sunday and after we had sung and prayed, particularly for those caught up in the London attack, the children were kept busy decorating photo frames. Each was then filled with a picture of the child and they then presented them to their Mums. Sam, Alfie and Naomi all recited poems or readings to their mothers and Penelope sang a song. After singing another hymn and playing along with our band instruments, bunches of daffodils were given out to everyone. We all joined hands for The Grace, on this beautiful sunny day and then stopped for drinks and loads of chocolate cake.
We had a wonderful Messy Church today with a wedding, remembering the one at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine. We began with Isabel pouring water into a glass jar and the water changed into a Rose wine colour. After our service we had a dance like we were at a Jewish wedding and snaked all around the church. Naomi then played the part of a caterer at the Cana wedding and was interviewed with another caterer and Mary, by John. She told us of the marvelous happenings and then everybody set about decorating a cake. After another song led by Sue, we said The Grace and settled down to our refreshments which included the cakes we had decorated.
We were especially pleased to welcome our new youngest member, Ryan James Lloyd, born on 22nd January, 2017, weighing 8lbs 3oz. He slept all the way through our noisy service, accompanied by big sister Jessica, Mum Sarah and Dad Jonathan.
A good crowd turned up on a drizzly day to make their Christingles and hear about the work of the Children’s Society. We sang ‘This Little Light of Mine‘ and ‘Walking in the Light of God‘. After the oranges had been decorated and topped off with glow sticks we all re-assembled in the pews to hear Rev. Anne play ‘Pass the Parcel‘ with a difference. As each layer was pealed away there was a chocolate biscuit with a single word. At the end the words spelt out a message from St Paul, “Thanks be to God for our special gift“. Again we sang two Christingle songs and at the end we had toast and biscuits with our drinks. The collection of £100 has been given to the Children’s Society.
Today was our Messy Nativity and a big crowd turned up to see the children perform. Carols were sung, parts were acted, angels flew, shepherds watched and kings arrived. What more could you want?
Afterwards, with squash, tea and coffee, there were chocolate biscuits, sweats and chocolates. What a feast!
Thanks go to Sue Challoner who put it all together for us. Merry Christmas all.
Today’s subject was Joshua and the Battle of Jericho.
We were very lucky to have Sandra, our local music expert with us and she taught us the song about Joshua and how to play our instruments better than ever. Everyone enjoyed playing their part so much we sang it all again, ’til Sandra was exhausted.
Sue then showed us a film of how the Israelites crossed the Jordan and captured Jericho.
It was a busy Messy Church today with our service to start with, but painting as our activity and a film show to watch. The subject was the last of our three on the teachings of Jesus and was all about his Sermon on the Mount. We concentrated on the ‘beatitudes’, where Jesus told us about those people who were especially blessed by God for their goodness.
The film was a cartoon about a bee who was there at the time and wanted to still bless everyone. It was funny but serious too.
We finished with a song, The Grace and tea and toast.
August’s Messy Church was also our Patronal Festival so after an introduction from John on how St. Bartholomew became associated with hospitals, we learnt about how he became chosen as our patron saint.
We even sang a hymn about the saint.
Margaret did our reading about Jesus talking about the flowers in the fields and then in our craft session with Jean, we used dried flowers to make cards, gift tags and bookmarks.
There was a fun quiz too on the meaning of flowers, but we got a lot of those wrong as there were lots of surprises in the answers.
We finished with a song, accompanied by the band, the Lords Prayer, the Grace and then ice creams all round.