38 children came to church yesterday. It was a Friday, half-term and it was Messy Church. There were 67 people all together enjoying a variety of activities, worship and food together. Half-term means that some of our older children can come back to Messy Church and we also welcome families who live further away but want to join us in the school holidays. We were pleased that the weather was fine so that we could put the sand outside and let the older children enjoy games on the grass. Our catering team worked really hard, hurrying to buy in extra supplies and put out extra tables for tea time. Our activities were all to do with sheep and looking carefully at and for things. So we made binoculars, sheep pictures using fingerprints, shaving foam patterns and icing biscuits. There were junk models to make, magnifying glasses to use, play dough and toys for our very youngest. We searched for objects hidden in the sand and used wool for weaving.
Can you believe that all those little ones listened carefully at worship time? Well amazingly they did! They were mostly sitting on the carpet as they listened to Lis tell the story that Jesus told about the lost sheep. Pop up sheep were counted together as the children helped the shepherd ( a suitably dressed John M) count and then look for the lost sheep. We all sang Jesus’ Love is very wonderful and after tea our families left knowing that we look forward to seeing them again; that St Andrew’s is their church and that God loves them.
We also thank God for our intrepid band of helpers who work so hard every month, planning, setting up, working with our families and, of course, clearing up.
Our next Messy church is on March 29th from 1.30.
Hope to see you there.