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Crafting time

Get Well cards

Bird Feeders

Foam Cross

Items for hygiene packs

Hygiene Pack

Margaret too busy for Janis

Margaret and Rae tell the story

 Neil and Iain on the BBQ

Messy Church  'Great Giveaway' - 24 June 

Report and photos - Jim Paterson

Our theme in June was taken this story in Mark 10, and Jesus response to the man searching for eternal life.
Crafters working hard on their activities
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”  “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”  The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

With the sun shining we took to the garden for some of our activities, alongside the barbecue which would be enjoyed later in the afternoon.

Our activities included

Bird Feeder - Using rolls of cardboard, corn syrup, bird seed and cheerios cereal, attached to wire hangers, rolling the feeder in syrup and seed. This was an activity that everyone ended up with sticky fingers. The finished feeders were hung on a tree in the garden.

We talked about how all of God’s creatures are important and that we can help feed the birds.
Soup in a Jar - From a range of ingredients including parmesan cheese, pasta and lentils, we filled a jar, finishing it off with a tag, and a sticker on each side, attaching the tag with a piece of cord or ribbon.  To cook simply tip contents into a pan, add water and simmer for 20 minutes.

We talked about how Jesus tells us that we should be generous and give our possessions away to others. There are many people who do not have lots to eat in our community and so we are making these soup kits to give to them. 
Foam Cross - We decorated small crosses, adding a message to our friends and others. We talk about how we should love God above all our possessions and stuff.
The Great giveaway Game - Another one for the garden. We set out a challenging course for the children to follow while trying to throw toys into a bucket. Each player had 60 seconds  The winner was the person with the most toys into the bucket in a minute.

We talked about how we can give our toys away to others to play with.

Get Well Cards - We made and decorated cards, choosing a message for the inside
We talked about sending a ‘get well’ card to folks we show we care for them. Again – another way to ‘give’ to others.
Hygiene Kits -  We made up ziplock bags on useful toiletries for both boys and girls, with items like  Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Soap, Shampoo, Cream Rinse, 1 Tissue  pack
We talked about how Jesus tells us that we should be generous and give our possessions away to others. There are people who do not have many of the things we do and that we can help by giving items to a mission for them and to know that we care about them. These kits will go to the Edinburgh City Mission.
Prayer Tent - Back in the garden there was still time to sit in the shade of the prayer tent, where Sheila Anderson was on hand to lead the children in parayer about what todays activities really meant to us.

Celebration Time in the church was led by Margaret Webster and Rae Hunter, with Janis Hogg, Eelaine Jacobs and Bill Webster providing supporting roles for the the sketch that demonstrated how we should make time in our lives to give help to others.

We finished with a prayer before returning for our BBQ meal with all the families and talking of what we had learned today.

Messy Church is on its summer break, returning will be on Sunday 26th August.
Hope you enjoy your summer holiday break

No time for Elaine

Time to help Bill

What do I do? asks Margaret
For  more information on Messy Church contact
Joan Cape 674276 capefamily@talktalk.net

Published - 26 June 2018
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838