Cafe Church joined up with some of the children from Messy Church today, as there is no ‘Messy Nativity’ this year due to the restrictions. Our subject was ‘Giving the Gift of Joy’ and we watched two short films and 4 Christmas songs and carols. In the introduction we learnt that today’s third candle on our advent wreath symbolises joy and Isobel lit it for us. The reading was also on the subject of joy and in our prayers we gave thanks and remembered everyone working for us in this difficult time. We had a quiz during the interval and the children were busy colouring window pictures to put in their windows at home.
Merry Christmas to everyone from the Cafe and Messy Church Teams here. Stay safe and protected this Christmas Season.
Today we heard how Remembrance Day came about and why the poppy is important. After our reading and hymn, which was signed instead of sung, we had our craft session and made posters and cards for our Remembrance Service. They will be displayed on the day and one of our group will be laying a wreath on our War Memorials. We had our refreshments served to our tables as we worked and then finished with our prayers and The Grace.
Today we re-opened Messy Church for the first time since the start of the pandemic. A good crowd turned up and while remaining in family groups, we talked about our harvest plans for St Bart’s and how we are going to collect items for the foodbank as usual. Our service will be at Cafe Church on the 11th October, so today the children made posters for the sides of the food parcels we will make up. We listened to harvest songs and had our refreshments as we worked and there was a wordsearch to try to complete or take home. It was wonderful to see the children again after so long and good to be working together once more.
Today’s ‘Messy’ was all about Lent and we looked forward to Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, this week. We heard from John about Jesus spending 40 days in the wilderness and how we not only remember this, but prepare for Easter too. We made games about progressing through Lent and then played them before we had our drinks with pancakes all round.
We made our Christingles today, after learning how they had started in Germany and what each part represented. There was a quiz and everyone did very well, but just in case you finished early there were pictures to colour in too. After lighting up the ‘glow sticks’ we sang a hymn, said our prayers, had our refreshments and the spare sweets went down a treat! After all that sugar, there was skipping and hula hoops, but nobody was in a rush to go home!
27th October, 2019 – Remembrance and Peace.
Messy Church. 22 September 2019
Today we had our newest member join us, Elena Grace Boote. We then heard about how big the temple was, what it was used for and who worked there. After our hymn, some of the children put on a play about Jesus being told off by the Temple Pharisees for doing work on the sabbath day. He was aware the Pharisees had added lots of laws to the Bible rules and replied, “ The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath“. We then prayed to God, rested by playing games, like charades, marbles, “Jenga” and board games. There were ice creams all round and a birthday cake for another new visitor, named “Alfie”, who was a great actor in our play.
Messy Church – Samuel – 28th July, 2019.
Today’s subject was the Old Testament prophet, Samuel. We watched a film about how he was given to the temple as a child, was called by God, listened to his word and became a great man. We had to search the church for clues to read who we should listen to and then we all talked about the people we listen to and what things we thought were important in our lives, like peace, love and friendship. Tim told us the story of the Man on his roof in a flood, who wouldn’t listen and we added Samuel to our Jesse Tree. Sam and Ellie told us about being on their school council, where they have to listen to their fellow pupils and then relay their suggestions to the teachers. We finished with ice creams, drinks and biscuits, before saying The Grace together..
Today we continued to learn about our subject of Joseph. After our short service we went to the back of church to make ‘dream catchers‘ and to hear about Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams. The catchers took a while to make, using special kits, but there were lots of different ones and we all took them home with us afterwards. To finish we sang Happy Birthday to Jessica, whose birthday is today, and then we all had a slice of birthday cake. It was very nice!