Every two months, on a Saturday morning, my church is host to a 'Messy Church'. Children and parents from the local community visit to experience crafts, games, cookery, music, and prayers related to a bible story- as well as hearing the bible story itself in an interactive way. After all this we eat a meal together. They seem to really enjoy it and we now have several families without church backgrounds who regularly come. I'm really pleased to be able to be a part of it all!
This time our theme was 'big and small', based around the story on David & Goliath. Activities included blowing big and small bubbles, using cotton buds to make 'stipple' pictures, stepping through a postcard, a treasure hunt for small things, giant jenga and mosaic making. I also left a bookcrossing book related to the topic which I'm hoping whoever found it will enjoy. After the 'service' there were hot dogs and triffle to enjoy.
If you live near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England and have children in primary or secondary school do consider coming to our next meeting on Saturday 9th July at All Saints Church.
Is there a Messy Church near you? Is it the same as ours or are there differences? When (and where) is your next meeting?