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Washing our boots after painted footprints
more crafting fun
these boots are made for walking
the bricks in the wall
who is who here?
a blaze of footprints
parachutes in the church
prayer candles in church
Messy Church - 31 January 2016
|Report and photos - Jim Paterson|
Celebration storytime in the church. Children reading the parts It
may have been cold and wet outside but the first Messy Church of 2016
on Sunday 31st January, was warm and inviting inside the church hall.
Families with their children learned about "Growing with Jesus"
was the theme for the event, following His life as he grew up from the
baby we all celebrate at Christmas to the boy and then the man.
treasure hunt was the first challenge on arrival. Various items were
hidden around the church hall providing surprises when we found each
one, just like the surprises we experience when we look for God.
painted footprints made a return, being a favourite with all the
children. This time since it was winter time we wore Wellington boots,
rather than our bare feet. Does it matter how big we are when it comes
to finding God? Well the selection of wellingtons ranged from size 2 to
size 11, so small children in the biggest boots had a real struggle
keeping balance. But they made the biggest footprints!
as a child marking a pencil line on the door post with your height? We
did that to show a growth chart of all the different aged children and
how they grow into young adults.
Everything living grows in Gods kingdom and cress seeds was another example of His varied and bountiful world.
Who? Displayed a selection of helpers when they were yours or children.
The children then had to guess which photo went with which adult. Was
it mum, dad, or so one else in the room? We recalled that God and Jesus
Coloured sheets of paper decorated with bright
designs soon became bricks for our wall, each one signed by the
creator, making a living wall.
man had us making paper parachutes with painted clothes peg people
slung underneath. Throwing in the air we watched as the parachute
gently lowered the figure gently to earth, reminding us how God helps
us when we are tempted, offering support and help to keep us safe.
big web reminded us that no matter how big or small we are, when we
know Jesus we are all part of one family, joined together by His love.
headed over to the church for our celebration time, where Sheila
Anderson spoke to the children about what it is like for them growing
up. Projected on the screen as they arrived in church was the picture
of a young boy, and they were asked if they could see that person now
in the church? They looked all round the church with out success, then
Sheila asked them to look higher, and then they spotted - me. Yes it
was your church officer, on the sound and projection desk in the
gallery, looking a little older than the photo of me around 4 or 5 in
my short trousers. Sheila highlighted that I still smile, just as I did
in the photo, so what is it that makes me smile. Those who know Jesus
The children read a story of Jesus growing up from a baby to a boy.
Hunter and Sheila talked about remembering our friends and praying
to God, using a candle to ask for Gods' help for a friend in need. In a
change to singing a song together we played 'Walk with You', displaying
the words, while the children came forward to light their own tea
candle and pray for a friend or family member in need.
to the church hall the helpers had rearranged the tables for our meal
meatballs and pasta, followed by apple crumble and hot custard, was a
welcome meal to share while we talked of the experiences we shared
together that afternoon.
mealtime back in the church - swapping stories and experiencesMessy
Church is a great way for children, with their parents and or
grandparents to learn about God's kingdom and Jesus together, sharing
The next Messy Church will be on Sunday February 28, same place same time 4.00 to 6.00pm. We hope you will come and join us.
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