Messy Mothering Sunday Preparations – 24th March, 2019.
Taking Care of the World.
After hearing some facts about the rubbish dumped in our World and the plight of animals and birds, we heard how Jesus told us that God sees all of this. Pippa read a poem and then, because it was such a nice day, we went outside with Liz and made bird feeders. The birds will be glad of all the bits we dropped, but we put one bird feeder, with an insect house, in the church grounds. Finally, we sang the Butterfly Song and said The Grace, before our refreshments. Charlie was a great help with the washing up! [see pic]
In our Christingle Service we learnt about the work the Children’s Society does in the U.K. to help children who find themselves in troubled circumstances. We had a quiz and made our Christingles, then had a sketch about a postman delivering letters from God. We ended with The Grace before our refreshments and there were lots of biscuits and chocolate bars to eat and take home. After the service the church donated £100 to the help the Children’s Society keep up their good work.
We had a fantastic turnout for our Nativity play this year with 27 children joining in. The play was narrated by John and Penelope, who played the Archangel Gabriel. There were lots of Shepherds, angels and wise men and even a sheep. We sang Away in a Manger, We wish you a Merry Christmas and Oh Come All Ye Faithful. Afterwards there were drinks with mince pies, chocolates, biscuits and lots of crackers to pull. Merry Christmas from all at Messy Church.
Messy Advent, 25th Nov. 2018.
Our theme today was peace, so we talked about what peace means and did some poppy paintings, using potatoes and paint. Once dried these will be laminated and hung outside church. We did some noise activities, heard a story about a bear who couldn’t get any peace and had a sing song to ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’.
The work the children did on Sunday, making posters of poppies, have now gone onto the church railings and will remain there until after Remembrance Sunday. They make a wonderful sight and can be seen by all the passers by, in cars or on foot.
Today’s subject was Harvest Preparation and we decorated boxes for holding food for the Food Bank at our Harvest Festival. We also decorated plant pots and planted cress seeds to see how quickly they grow and to eat when they have. There was a special visitor, PC Nigel, who is one of our local officers and we were able to talk to him about his job keeping us all safe. When our refreshments were served, there were lots of cakes, but PC Nigel gave us some uniforms to try on before he took us outside to sit in his police car and try out his sirens and blue lights. It was a very exciting morning!
Our July Messy Church was all about fishermen and we heard about Jesus choosing Peter, Andrew, James and John for disciples, all of whom were fishermen.
We acted out the story of fishing on the Sea of Galilee and Jesus telling the fishermen to go further out, where they caught a wonderful catch.
Everyone then made fishing rods and wriggly fish before we had refreshments of cakes with fish decorations.
The subject today was prayer and John started the service with the different ways other religions talk to God in prayer. Celia read a poem called ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ and then the children were taken for a treasure hunt in the church grounds by Liz. They found the letters that made up the word ‘Prayer’ and then made quadrants with prayers inside. Jean told the story of The Lord’s Prayer and we joined together to say it at the end. Our drinks were accompanied by fruit jellies and butterfly buns outside because it was so warm. What a lovely time we all had.
Our subject today was Love and Marriage and we heard about the Wedding at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle there. David did the reading from Corinthians and then we got Messy at the back of church. While the adults did a quiz on Royal Weddings, the children made heart pictures and prayers that hang up. After a hymn with the band, we decorated cakes with icings and cake decorations and then we ate them. Finally everyone left with a tube of Love Hearts.