Messy Church

Once a month, Messy Church takes place in the main hall. From 9:45 am, you are welcome to Eat and Meet for a chat, hot drink and some toast. Messy Church begins at 10:30am in the hall while a regular Sunday Service takes place in the main Church. 

The next Messy Church dates are:  25th June, 23rd July and 27th August.

 

Sunday 28th May 2017

Today we brought the regular Sunday service together with the monthly Messy Church session in the main hall to consider the theme of creation.

We began by singing 'He's Got the Whole World' while simultaneously throwing/passing a globe ball around the hall.

We then thought about the colours of the rainbow. We formed a rainbow by standing in line in the colours that we were wearing. Despite it being summer, yellow was in short supply (we had to improvise by using a pair of scissors!).

While standing in our rainbow, we stepped forward for each statement about how much water we had used over the last few days. This made us realise how much we take water for granted and how much we do in fact actually use.

Our first creative activity was to create a paper fish using a weaving technique. We then created an animal of our own choice using a pipe cleaner. Please do see the Messy Church photo album for more pictures.

We then moved into prayer. The prayer plate was decorated with lemons, Smarties, jelly babies and bread. Each food helped us to focus our thoughts and prayers.

We began with the lemons and prayed for the sourness/sharpness in our world. Our prayers were with the people of Manchester and with those who have been hurt or lost loved ones there this week.

We prayed for other people (jelly babies), we prayed in thanks (Smarties) and we prayed for all those in need (bread).

After our final song, 'O Give thanks to the Lord, all you people', we said a final prayer together.

It was really lovely to come together as a whole Church family to experience Messy Church. Thanks to everyone who joined us.

 

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Our theme today was based on the story of Mary anointing Jesus and how we should and could honour God and what have we to give Him.


We started off by singing "Father Abraham had many sons" and this got us all moving with the actions. We then heard the story of Mary going to Jesus' house and wanting to do something special for him to show that he was special to her. We heard that she took her bottle of perfume and went to Jesus and carefully poured some of it onto his hair and onto his feet. Jesus looked at Mary and smiled at her and said "Thank you". Mary was really glad that she had taken something special to Jesus.


We then went on to talk about praying, asking the questions Do we find it easy to pray?, Do we sometimes forget to pray?, Could we do better?. We made a Prayer rock to put at the side of our beds to remind us to pray at bedtime or when we wake up.


Next we went on to make a smiley face Pizza and this was linked to asking what is the most delicious food we have ever tasted. Most of us said it was something that had been made by someone else for us, especially Sunday roast dinners, showing that as Mary wanted to do her best, we also want to do our best for others.


Next we went on to make a 'heart in God's hands'. We folded our paper and drew round one of our hands. Then we cut it out and found that when we opened it, we had a heart shape held between two hands. On the small cut out heart we had to write or draw the name of someone or somewhere we were thinking about especially today. On the hands we wrote about situations in our community or in the world that we would like to place into God's hands.


 

To finish we had some bowls of warm water into which we poured some lavender oil. We poured the water over each other's hands to remind us of Mary anointing Jesus.

 

 

 

Sunday 26th March 2017 

As it was Mothering Sunday we started off by asking everyone What does your mum do for you?


Some of the answers given were:  She feeds us; she tidies our bedrooms; she cares for us; she drives me mad!; she gives us hugs and kisses and bakes cakes.

Then everyone was given a heart shaped post-it note to write on one thing a mother is and we placed these on the outline of a mother.

We read from Matthew chapter 6 where it tells us not to be worried about the food and drink we need in order to stay alive, or about the clothes we wear. He tells us not to worry about these things as our Father in heaven knows that we need all these things and he will provide. Just as our mums love us, Jesus' love is even stronger.


We then went on to make small posies of daffodils to give out in church to all the mums and ladies in the congregation.


Next we made a heart to give to our mums. We decorated them with jewels and then placed a chocolate bar inside.


We ended up by singing Jesus' love is very wonderful.

 

 

Sunday 26th February 2017

 

Our theme today was hidden treasure and we began by reading Matthew 13 vs 44-46, which talks about the kingdom of heaven. We asked people to consider what was worth more than anything to them and the replies included: health, family and faith. 


We then had an exciting Ping-pong Pearl challenge game. Six ping pong balls had to be transferred from one dish to another by sucking through a straw.  

Next we made Oyster biscuits with a pearl in the middle. We asked everyone to consider if they had ever found anything precious, how they felt and what they did with the precious item.


We then enjoyed a treasure hunt. There were 3 different set of clues hidden around the building which everyone had to use to find the treasure.

This led on to our next activity which was to dig in the sand and try to find a chocolate coin on which it would either say Person, Place or Object. These were thank you coins and we had to write a thank you to God for someone we knew, or for somewhere that is special to us or for something that is precious to us.The focus of this was to show all the things that we are thankful for.


We listened to (and watched Ronnie act out!) the parable about the man who found some buried treasure and the parable about the man searching for fine pearls.


To finish with we sang Lord, you are more precious than silver, followed by this prayer:


Dear God,

Thank you for the treasures you have given each of us. We are so blessed. Please help us to remember that no matter how special these things are, nothing is worth more than living a life with you.

Amen

 

Sunday 22nd January 2017

Our aim today was to practise listening to God.

We started off by talking all about the sounds we hear every day. Sometimes noise can be so loud we don't always hear what people say. We had a game of Simon Says to see if we were listening to the instructions properly, or maybe not quite hearing what was said.

We then talked about ways to make people hear better - such as by using microphones, hearing aids etc and we made our own megaphone.

We listened to the story of Samuel (1 Samuel 3) and had actions to do as the story was read out. The actions were as follows:

  • When we heard the name Eli, we had to stroke our chins as if we had a long beard
  • For Samuel, we had to raise our heads up with a smile
  • When we said Lord, we had to make an 'L' shape with our forefinger and thumb
  • When we heard the word sleep, we had to pretend to go to sleep
  • Every time we said called, we used our megaphones

We then were given a small picture of an ear with the words "I am your servant, ready to listen" and on it we had to write about an area of our lives we would like to hear God speaking to us.

These were then put onto a larger ear shape for us all to share.

Having talked about Samuel being asleep when he heard the Lord calling, we then made beds for Samuel and we placed a jelly baby in the bed and covered it with royal icing to make it look like a blanket.

We then talked about the fact that people spend a lot of time plugged into their mobile phones or other devices and we asked the question " What could we do to spend more time plugged into God?". We then decorated biscuits to look like heads with ear phones on them.

We finished off by singing I, the Lord of Sea and Sky followed by prayers telling us that in today's world, life is often very busy and it is sometimes hard to find time to sit and listen. We believe God still speaks to people today - in lots of different ways - but it is not always easy to hear his voice among all the other voices that surround us.

 

Sunday 27th November: 1st Sunday in Advent

This morning we were thinking about communication. We began by asking how we can communicate with others and there were a lot of good answers - letter writing, telephone calls, texting, facebook, e-mail, telegrams, morse code, sign language, semaphore - to name but a few!


We heard the story of the angel coming to Mary with the message she was going to have a baby. We had various Christmas cards around the hall, which were cut in half, and the children had to find the other half to the one they were given and then they had to decide if the picture was a true Christmas story or a non-Christmas picture. The outcome was that there were more non-Christmas cards than true Christmas ones.


As we made angels, we considered how Mary received the message from the angel Gabriel telling her she was going to have a baby.
 

We then designed our Christmas biscuits with a message before colouring paper angels. The idea was that we thought about someone who may be alone or ill or we might think of a place in need of God's love. We wrote names on the angels and then put them on our prayer board as a "Heavenly host of Angels".


To conclude we came together and sang 'Go tell it on the Mountain' which was followed by the bible reading: Luke ch 1 vs 26 - 35 The Birth of Jesus Foretold. We then prayed together:

Loving God, thank you for the special message the angel gave to Mary. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, into the world. Thank you that Jesus is Emmanuel - God with us. Please help us to keep Jesus at the heart of all our celebrations this Christmas.

Amen. 
'Come on and Celebrate' was a perfect song to end our morning.