With extra family & friends invited, it was a great turn out for baby Samuel’s christening at Greystoke Messy Church a couple of weeks ago. Visitors and friends of the family commented on the fantastic welcome they received and soon got stuck into all the activities. For some this was their first experience of a Messy Church, but they quickly settled in and found it most enjoyable to be part of the relaxed setting, with all ages engaging together – a fresh way of being and doing Church.
All the congregation took their part in making the promises, alongside assigned godparents, promising to continue praying for Samuel and his family. Revd Bill White, who took the messy baptism, is happy to share the service outline & ideas used with anyone else who might be interested in holding a similar baptism. He can be contacted via email: email@example.com
Two Valleys Messy Church, Crosthwaite had lots of fun and mess with almost 70 people filling the school hall back in October for their launch. There was a real buzz of activity as everyone took part in the various games and crafts. The theme for the first session was ‘Family’, with conversations about God who loves us as his own children & invites us all to be members of his family.
Thornthwaite Braithwaite and Newlands Messy Church held their first gathering in November, with nearly 40 people joining the fun. Activities included poppy crosses, iced biscuits, doves of peace, a messy wreath of handprints, a messy game involving string, elastic bands and paper cups – and that was just to get started! This was followed by a short time of celebration involving the story of Jesus calming the storm – bringing peace. It was great to have people eating and talking together. As one of the team reflected: ‘Messy church is a wonderful way of being church. All ages. Together. A chance to talk about things that matter and share a meal together.’
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Author: Sarah Hulme
Youth, Children & Families Evangelism Enabler
Reach Team, Carlisle Diocese