Messy Church

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Messy Church has started its new season with a bang – and a crash, and shrieks, as our theme was building, and collapsing. No prizes for guessing that the story we heard about was that of the Wise Man who built his house on the rock of listening to Jesus’ words and obeying them. And then there was the Foolish Man… so we tried out different foundations for our building work, discovering along the way that jelly can be surprisingly resilient when you don’t want it to be!

Cornerstones came into the picture, too, with crashing Jenga, twig and play-doh cabins, and amazing spaghetti-and-marshmallow constructions providing engrossing activities for discovering the necessity of the cornerstone.

And how did our delicious lasagne serve to illustrate the theme? Did anyone spot that it, too, was beautifully constructed and layered? No, we were all gobbling it down so fast. Thank you Peter for another superb meal!

We were very pleased to welcome some new families, and look forward to welcoming back some more of the ‘old’ ones, at our final Messy Church of the year, on 26th November.

 

What is Messy Church?

Messy Church is a nation-wide movement of people meeting together to enjoy being creative and to celebrate the Creator in an informal gathering, where it is fun to be messy.

 

Who is it for?

Messy Church is for all ages, though it mainly appeals to families. Adults join in and have as good a time as the children! You don’t have to be ‘churchy’ – in fact, Messy Church was established for those who didn’t see themselves as church-goers at all. We welcome everybody, and everybody should feel at home with us. In the Akeman Benefice it is for those who live in one of the 7 villages, or their friends. Our only restriction is that children need to come with an adult: Messy Church is not a child-minding service or a “Sunday School”. And we don’t want adults to miss out on the messy activities!

What happens?

From 4pm people arrive, and join in the crafts. These are on the theme of the day: a Bible story or an idea.

4.45 – 5pm is celebration time, with the story, some singing, and prayer. It is inter-active and lively.

5pm – 5.30, the celebration continues with food, eg a baked potato, baked beans and salad, or pasta bake.

Then it’s time to go home with the crafts you’ve made, and, for the team running it, to clear up and collapse…

Where and when does it happen?

Messy church takes place in Kirtlington Church, once a month, on the fourth Sunday, between 4 and 5.30pm.

Does it cost?

No, you don’t have to pay to get in. Just turn up and enjoy yourself! We do ask for a donation towards the cost of the food and resources (suggested £2 per person,) but that is up to you entirely.

Is my child too young, or too old?

We try to have activities that suit all ages. There is a play area and always plenty of picture books for littlies. Teenagers are surprised to find that they enjoy themselves, too!