Messy Church


Messy Mothering  March 15th 2020

 In March we dramatized the story of Moses as a baby being saved by the love and care of his Mum, the quick thinking of his sister Miriam and by the pity of an Egyptian king’s daughter. God had great plans for Moses – he is one the most important people in the history of Israel and God has a plan for all of us too, we just have to recognise what it is!  Whatever we do we can be sure that our Father God loves and cares for us, just as our parents do.  In the words of the hymn “He’s got the whole world in his hands”.  Our prayers for everyone became a large flower, we made pendants from wrapped chocs for our Mums and a lovely decorated box to put them in.  Peter’s group studied the bible readings about the events leading up Moses’ birth.

Join us next time for a recap on the Easter Story,  19th April at 10am.

Sorry to say there'll be no Messy Church for a while.  

Temptation!  February 2020

In February we were all tempted!  There were lots of goodies to keep our hands off – but some couldn’t resist!  We dramatized the story of Jesus being tested in the wilderness, made temptation story biscuits, and a Valentine card from God to help us to remember the bible passage. Some also built a tall tower from spaghetti and marshmallows and weren’t at all tempted to eat them!. Peter’s group discussed Jesus who, following his baptism by John the Baptist, was now in the desert preparing for his ministry.  

Anyone who plays an instrument would be very welcome to join us at Messy Church; please speak to Peter, 01270 626802.

Messy Christingle January 19th 2020

Happy Birthday Messy Church at Acton - we are 5!  

We made a Church-sized Christingle, hearing about God's gifts of the world and everything in it for us all to enjoy and his greatest gift Jesus, the light showing us how we should love and care for each other. We made, prayed and played  Christingles,   and shared a delicious Christingle birthday cake made by Sarah whose family have just joined us. We took a collection for the Children's Society and remembered in our prayers Frances Green our good friend and "grandma" to all the children at Church and Acton School who have been blessed by her presence for the past 35 years. She loved Messy Church and helped at Praise and Play - we miss her.

Messy Nativity December 15th 2019

“We’re going on a journey, it’s going to be a long one!” We all told the nativity story together this year when we all went on the Greatest Journey. The whole cast plus a few extra animals made their way to the stable found the baby Jesus and rushed back to tell everyone, though they did have a very scary Roman to get past first!  We decorated star biscuits and baubles while Pete’s group discussed the Advent reading for the day and discovered the background to some of our well known carols. 

Salt of the earth, and lights in the world   November 2019

We heard the story of Jesus comparing his followers to salt and light and explored what that means for us. We thought that crisps taste much better with salt, found lots of sources of light in Church to make sure we can see and be seen and decided it was no good hiding your light under a bucket, we need to shine if we are to make to difference to the lives of people around us. We made edible candles, let the light shine pictures and decorated tealight holders for the Christmas Festival. Pete's group included a quick trawl of Nantwich's salt industry through the ages!  We used salt dough and a little candle for our prayers.

Toilet twinning     October 2019

 Praise the Lord we have our loo!   We cut the ribbon with a fanfare!  So thankful are we that we thought we would raise some money to twin it with another. We watched a film about school children in Uganda who were so happy to have a new tap with clean safe water and thought about how we take good sanitation for granted. We made little loo money boxes from toilet rolls, people biscuits and played build-a-bog. We learnt about the history of sanitation and the 1848 cholera outbreak in Nantwich and how we should be generous with our neighbours throughout the world.    Our toilet is now twinned with a toilet block for girls in Malawi - the photo is in Church.

Jesus is the Vine  September 2019


Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, and our "living vine" helped us understand what it means to stay close to Jesus and be fruitful people! We made fruity pop ups, grape buns and a fab grape vine bookmark to help us remember the fruits of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Some of us discussed the story in John's gospel as one of the signs that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

Work rest and play   August 2019

What is the Sabbath for?  Different to Jesus' day but still a time to rest and refresh, re-creation in the true sense of the word.  We spent time doing a photo quiz round the Church, playing ping pong and table football, decorating sun catchers and jenga while some chose the more restful discussion about how we should use our time wisely.

The Good Shepherd  July 16th 2019


We learnt that we are all like sheep!  We dramatised Jesus' story of the shepherd whose sheep had been scared off by a wolf. We heard that Jesus, the Good Shepherd has time for all us, whether mischievous or risk-averse, and whatever we do he will protect and care for us. Janet interviewed Phillip who told us all about caring for the sheep currently in the Vicarage garden, we made sheep buns, cards and models while Peter's group looked in detail at the reading in John's gospel.

Trinity Sunday June 16th 2019


It's a big mystery! How can 3 be 1 and 1 be 3? Today we enacted the baptism of Jesus when the voice of God the father, Jesus the Son and the Spirit as a dove were all present together.  We baptised April's doll Charlotte in the mane of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, prayed like a pretzel and did the Holy Hokey Cokey!  Trinity buns and a banner for the Church were worked on and Dads weren't forgotten with special badges for Father's Day. Peter's group learned about the tensions in the early Church about the the meaning of the Trinity.

Martha and Mary  May 19th 2019

We were at a party in Bethany and oh dear wasn't Martha in a tizz! She had everything to arrange while her sister Mary was sitting listening to Jesus. We found that while being busy and ready to serve were good, we needed to spend time with Jesus by reading the Bible and in prayer. We decorated family sized cakes to share and designed tea towels while Peter's group explored three stories about Martha Mary and brother Lazarus. Then we enjoyed all the Middle Eastern food with our usual toast.

Palm Sunday April 14th 2019


Hosanna!   We all cheered and waved our leafy branches as Jesus rode his donkey into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week, then the action moved to the garden at night time when Jesus' friends were woken by a mob waving swords, come to arrest Jesus. After healing a groaning Malchus whose ear had been cut off, Jesus was taken off by soldiers. The next day he stretched out his arms and died on the cross to bring us back together in peace and we all shook hands across the aisle.  We folded and tore a paper cross for our prayers, decorated Calvary cakes and made beaded crosses and key rings. Peter's group looked at Luke's account of Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem not as a warrior king but as the humble Son of God on a donkey, destined to die.

The Armour of God March 17th 2019


St Patrick and St Paul, two great Christian missionaries were our subjects in our all-action MC in March. Colonel Tim led us in some army style fun exercises to get us fit and ready for battle and we kitted our Roman soldier Sophie with the Christian's armour - the helmet of salvation, belt of truth, breast plate of righteousness, sword of the spirit, shield of faith and shoes of peace!  We made shields large, small and biscuit while others discussed Paul's missionary journeys and how he came to write the letter to the Ephesians from his prison in Rome. The children then used their shields in Roman tortoise formation "standing firm together in the Lord" !

The Good Samaritan February 17th 2019


We acted out one of Jesus' most famous parables in February, the Good Samaritan and thought about God's command to "love your neighbour as you love yourself".  We made sticking plaster fridge magnets, get well cards, friendship bracelets, decorated gingerbread family members and some of us discussed how the Jewish nation got on with its neighbours.
oped, the night sky twinkled and the front few rows got wet as the "flood" was unleashed!  The children brought all the animals to the ark and families made up a large Christingle as we thought about what Jesus had done for us all.  We made some candles - quite tricky! - and own Christingles to "light" as we sang, and then became Christingles ourselves for the prayers.  Some of us discussed the bible readings associated with the symbolism of Christingle. 



Messy Church  -  a fun way to worship for all ages - and we are all different!

At St Mary's Acton we welcome newborns to nineties and we try to offer something for everyone.   Faith-based, each month we have a different theme with songs of worship, led by our small band, bible storytelling in drama form acted out by both children and adults, an active prayer time and a choice of craft activities, one of which is always edible. If craft is not your thing there is the option to look at the bible readings and discuss the theme of the day. We end with time together (around 11.15 am) to drink and eat mountains of toast, cake and more!
 
Messy Church is a relaxed and fun place to be at 10am usually the third Sunday of every month. Come and give it a try - you will be made very welcome.

For further info contact Tracey Foster 01270 626802



Messy Church started in an Anglican church near Portsmouth, UK in 2004 and has grown into an international movement operating across a wide range of Christian denominations and traditions. It became part of the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) in 2006 with the publication of the first Messy Church book by founder Lucy Moore. Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is particularly suited to families but welcoming to all. For more information visit messychurch.org.uk

Messy Church St Mary's Acton, Nantwich is affiliated to the international Messy Church movement, whose home is with The Bible Reading Fellowship, a Christian charity based in Oxfordshire, UK. For more information on the work of BRF, visit brf.org.uk
 

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