Messy Church is for children with their families and carers. We meet on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of most months, at 3.30pm, in St Michael’s Reepham and on the 4th Friday of the month in Lyng and District Community Hall from 3.15pm.
After a drink and biscuit, we have an hour of crafts and activities based on the theme for the day, followed by a lively time of celebration, with songs, a story often involving puppets, and prayer. Family and children then share a cooked meal together, with time to chat and make new friends.
Messy Café Church
During term time in Elsing Village Hall on the 1st Sunday at 4pm and Great Witchingham Village Hall on the 2nd Sunday at 4pm we have Messy Café Church.
Messy Café Church is a shorter version of Messy Church. There are still lots of crafts and stories for children to share with their families as well as light refreshments (cake!) at the end. Sessions are free and last about an hour. There are hot drinks for grown ups and toys for our younger visitors. Each month we have a different theme, previous themes have included Hope, the World Cup, Remembrance Sunday, Peace, Easter and Love. Everyone is welcome to drop by, you don’t need to book.
Previous Messy Church Themes
Jacob was a liar and a cheat
Then he had a dream of a stairway to heaven with angels going up and down, and God promised to look after him and give him the land he was sleeping on. We made a large ladder with angels that actually went up and down as part of the story at the Celebration, as well as making edible models of the story and decorating stones which were also used in the Celebration.
How did Joseph see the first Christmas?
Poor Joseph, the first Christmas must have been very confusing for him. All he wanted to do was settle down and have a family, then this angel came along and told him Mary was going to have God’s baby and his name was to be Jesus! Then the baby was born in a stable miles from home and shepherds came saying they had seen angels too! So we decorated gingerbread angels and made dolly peg angels, as well as curtain ring sheep, tinsel stars and a big junk stable.
Things that go bump in the night
In October Messy Church looked at things that go bump in the night and found that most of them were not really scary, especially if we know that Jesus is with us. We also packed shoeboxes with gifts donated by all the church family, to go to children in other countries who would have very little at Christmas.
In September we looked at the story of the sower and made story boxes to take home, as well as ‘edible soil’, seed coasters and bird beak headbands. There was a sower game in the north aisle of St Mary’s and a harvest prayer station in St Michael’s chancel.