Messy Church is live!
Check out these ideas and click on the links.Messy Church is providing weekly scheduled at home sessions, to save you time in finding online resources while churches are in lockdown. They will be in a variety of formats accessible for parents rather than church leaders to use.
To assist you in your forward planning, the themes are as follows and will be scheduled to appear on or before the dates below:
· Apr 20 Thomas
· Apr 27 Breakfast on the beach
· May 4 Messy Peace
· May 11 Get Messy! session at home for May - Philip and the Ethiopian
· May 18 Ascension
· May 25 Pentecost, Prayer, Sharing the good news
Messy Church resources and ideas - link
Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity.
The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) is the home of Messy Church; it supports, resources and enables its work. BRF is passionate about making a difference through the Christian faith.
The BRF also has a Facebook page here
Messy Church at St Barnabase has had to be suspended during the Covid-19 emergency. Please check the Our Churches Today page for further information on how we are continuing to be your church.
When we return, this is what Messy Church is about
A typical Messy Church session runs like this:
3.30pm Welcome Time: Relax, chat and play, with tea, coffee, biscuits and cake available
3.45pm - 4.45pm Introduction to theme: Craft activities where adults can participate with children; play space with toys for babies
4.40pm - 5pm Celebration: Songs, story time and prayer in the church, related to the theme
5pm Meal: Hot sit down supper for the children
Suggested donation of £2 per family, includes a cooked meal
About Messy Church
Our Messy Church has been running since 13 April 2013 and is held on the third Wednesday of every month, between 3.30pm and 5.30pm in St Barnabas' Church Hall, excluding school holidays.
Most children who attend are of primary school age, but babies and toddlers are most welcome and we have a play space and toys for them. Grown-ups stay with their children and remain responsible for them at all times. Suggested donation is £2 per family. All are welcome to join in the fun and crafts. Just turn up.
Messy Church is for those in our community with young children who might not, for various reasons, attend a traditionally-held church service on a Sunday. It is a fun time of crafts, sharing in food, drink and friendship, and learning together through story, song and prayer.
Each month has a different theme related to stories in the Bible. There is coffee and cake on arrival for grown ups, and squash, fruit and biscuits for children. Colouring, letting off steam time and relaxing begins the session, followed by four different craft options based around the theme. It's all very relaxed and you may turn up at any time during the session. Around 4.40pm the children and their grown ups make their way into the church for storytime, song and prayer. During this time, the volunteers prepare the tables for supper and the children return for a hot meal. Examples of this might be: fish fingers and chips or jacket potatoes cheese and ham, followed by fruit pies or ice cream. We can cater for dietary needs if we know in advance.