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guiding the remote control cars

paper plane making is more difficult than you think

microphone construction

sizzle on the BBQ

time to test our paper planes

or simply time to relax on the garden swing bench

This plane will fly

puppets welcome all the visitors in the church

Andrew tells us the gospel story

Messy Church - 28 June 2015

Story and pictures - Jim Paterson

For the final Messy Church of the season, before we break for the summer holiday, definitely had that 'holiday' feeling with the choice of crafts, the BBQ and our time in the church.  The theme was growing our faith in Christ and following His command to 'Go and make followers of ALL people in the world'.

It can be difficult to talk to people about Jesus. It might mean sharing what you know about Jesus with others, or it might mean spreading the word about Messy Church so that others can come along and join in the journey with us – we can all be disciples at some level.

An open invitation was extended to everyone who had heard, and perhaps read about Messy Church, but had wondered what actually goes on during the two hours on a Sunday afternoon once a month. A few new faces were spotted and they were made very welcome and soon joined in with the activities.

The range of crafts included:

Name badges - Each person put their name on a sticky label using coloured pencils. It makes it so much easier to talk to people you meet for the first time if you can see their name, and it makes it easier to remember for the next time you meet.

Joining the dots. - This one used cones laid out in a 4 by 4 pattern outside in the garden, under a blue sky and sunshine.  A length of rope then had to be weaved between the cones to make a cross shape. This could be tricky if the cones got kicked around!  Joining the cones is like putting the pieces of Jesus' story together and seeing what it is all about, perhaps for the first time.

Just for Fun -  A paper aeroplane is always good fun to make, and then hopefully it will fly. The older helpers sat with the young eager children to help them learn the art of folding paper into an aeroplane shape. The trick was making a shape that would fly more than a few inches. The paper dart shape is still the best model to make and several of the children made their creations fly across the hall. Decorating and colouring their aircraft seemed to make them fly even better.

Rocky Road
- Not just for the boys, here we had remote controlled model vehicles which had to be driven over rocky terrain, and around obstacles, representing life's journey, not always smooth and even.  Before setting off the children made 'passengers' out of play dough, representing us, to be carried from one end of the course to the other, without falling off. We talked about what made it difficult, controlling the vehicle, or the obstacles? Who helps us deal with the difficult bits of life?
Christianity catapults - Andy Turnbull used his 'building skills' to make small catapults which I thought looked like small 'siege engines' from medieval times. Made from lollipop sticks, rubber bands and milk bottle tops, these catapults were good to fire cotton wool balls. We talked about what it means for us that “Jesus is alive!”  and how we can spread the message.

Jesus our shelter - Cutting out decorating people shapes to represent family and friends, to stick to the edge of the umbrella.
Just as an umbrella provides shelter from the rain and snow, so Jesus protects us when we are upset or in difficulties.

Good News microphones - Making microphones from cardboard tubes, with a ball of paper on one end, covered in tin foil with a pipe cleaner as a lead at the other, made a passable impression of a microphone, to tell everyone about Jesus.

The BBQ in the garden allowed us to enjoy a selection from the grill, with plenty of salad, coleslaw, rice and potato salad on the side.  Joining the dots game, described above, kept energetic kids busy.

Enjoying the barbecue in the garden

Following the BBQ we headed for the church, where Andrew Dunsire led the singing with guitar and song, with the children leading the actions. Rae Hunter and Andrew Don reinforced our crafts learning through the story.

Andrew once again had the children in awe with one of his 'gospel illusions'. Using two glass tumblers, one with white beads to represent good, the other with black beads representing evil, he showed how easy it is to see the difference when separate. Pouring the white into the black tumbler mixed the colours up, so how do you tell good from evil now?  Placing both tumblers behind his back, while he told the children to believe in what Jesus asks us to do, he then brought them to the front and the white were back in one tumbler, the black in the other.  The children's faces were a treat. The power of teaching through dynamic visuals is a great way to impart knowledge to young minds.

Messy Church is taking a summer break.
Back in September
For  more information on Messy Church contact Katrina McDonald 07872 996906, or Lynne Turnbull 07812 648924.

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