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candle pudding

Joan with Sam the snake

Messy Church - 28 October 2018

The Messy Church theme for the afternoon was 'Light of the World'

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.  (Psalm 119:105)

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (.1John 1:5)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never put it out. (John, 1:5)

The activities were all connected with 'light' and included

LANTERNS where we made paper lanterns from black paper with slits to let the light we put inside shine through. We talked about: what ‘s it like to be in the dark without any light? How can God’s word be like a lamp?

FEET COLLAGE. Wellie's with their soles painted walked on black paper, making a  “path” of footprints. We talked about: how we can find out from the Bible where we are meant to go, and what we are meant to do? How can we understand better what the Bible says to us?

feet collage
LIGHT AND DARK BOTTLES. This one was scientific as well as fun. We took a jar of dark coloured water. Then we poured in roughly the same quantity of cooking oil, .screwed on the top, and gave it a good shake. We then left the mixed up liquid in the jar to see the oil and coloured water separate out again.

We chatted about the times when it feels as if everything is dark/bad/difficult. What are the things which make us remember that it’s not always like this? We were reminded  that no matter however bad things feel or seem, Jesus is always there – and like the oil in the bottle, never goes away; we just sometimes need to have patience to see/hear him.

CANDLE PUDDING. This is the one you can eat what you make, so was very popular.
We took marshmallows and rolled them in the coloured sugar, putting 4 or 5 of these onto one skewer. We finished of four 'candle' with a “flame” made out of the icing and fixed to the top. We talked about: when do we have candles? How are the things we have been thinking of – the Bible, God, Jesus – like a candle? And in what ways are they NOT like a candle?

“JESUS IS OUR LIGHT” CUP.  Using a clear glass cup we stuck on coloured tissue pieces all over the outside. We attached a cross, made from a  pipe cleaner, and glued it to the front of the cup,. writing on the words “Jesus is our light”.  A tea light was popped inside, to see what happened. What you think it means when Jesus is called “our light”.  How can we share is light with the people we know?

PRAYER TENT where we could sit with Sheila, to see what she had in store for us this month?

The CELEBRATION TIME in the church saw Joan and Sheila tell us the story and we sang songs with actions to illustrate what we had heard. A closing prayer then it was time to head back to the hall for a hot dinner and a chat with friends over the dinner table.

Next Messy Church: Sunday November 25th

Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838