St. Mungo's hall was full of children of all ages joining a range of activities on the theme "Two Tiny Coins",
on Sunday 28th. There was even more activity over in the church at
celebration time, before we sat together for our meal.
The craft time in the hall had a wide selection of activities to exercise hands, eyes and ingenuity.
took two small coins to the limit by trying make the tallest tower from
a pile of two and one pence coins. Those who twigged early realised
that starting with the larger 2 pence followed by one pence coins on
top managed a higher tower.
Purses for pennies had sewing skills tested, while Beaded Jewellery provided great ideas for Mothers Day gifts. The Generosity Jars were decorated jam jars to hold coins to give to those less fortunate, just like the widow in the bible story did.
Bigger and bigger
tested the eyes making a magnifying glass out water in the bottom of a
glass. David Hogg who was showing the effect, astounded young
minds when they found out the water provided a 2.5 times magnification.
Made two small coins look much larger!
with a few well known favourites, like two faces or a vase, exercised
not only our eyes but minds. What you see is not always the whole story
as the widows offering bible story reminds us. Giving a small
offering to help others, if it is all you have, was seen by Jesus
of greater value than those offering a little of the great wealth they
The Wooden-spoon puppets
were created to look like the old widow, using wooden spoons all
dressed up with faces. These would be seen later during the celebration
in the church. Down the chute
was an test of ingenuity, making a race track of the type many will
remember from the mousetrap board game. It is surprising what happens
when people let go, in this case a glass marble, but it could just as
easily be a coin or two.
A favourite craft usually includes an 'eat what you make' item and the Chocolate coin cakes
was this months task. With a selection of toppings and decorations this
was all about making our own money and thinking about why money is
Also seen in the church later was a Prayer container where we were able to give God something, which did not have to be money.
celebration in the church started with Sheila Anderson reflecting
of what we had been doing and learning during our craft time. The
puppets presentation was different this month with the children who had
brought over their wooden spoon puppets joining in. They sang along to
'Amen siakudumisa' (translated - Amen, We Praise Your Name), a
traditional South African prayer, making it a big performance.
The story was read by Zornitca and Joanna followed by Sophie McDonald who moved from being a lead puppeteer to leading our singing
of 'O Give Thanks to the Lord' accompanied by father Graham
McDonald on piano, and the other girls leading the actions for us to
Hunter then talked of our gifts to God, and the children brought out
their gifts and prayers on post it notes, to young Jess who had the
bucket to hold the gifts in. The celebration story closed with a
prayer, after which we headed back to the hall where the craft tables had
been rearranged and set up for our meal.
swapping stories over our mealThe
meal is an important part of the afternoon, giving a chance for
children and parents to swap stories with other families and get to
know each other better, especially those trying Messy Church for the
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday March 27th Easter Sunday 4.00 to 6.00pm where the theme will be Easter
Future dates for your diary include Sunday April 24th, May 29th,
and the BBQ on June 26th
For more information on Messy Church
Contact: Joan Cape 674276 firstname.lastname@example.org
Katrina McDonald email@example.com