October’s messy Church was all about expecting surprises and being prepared. We looked at the story in Chapter 25 of Mathew’s Gospel about ten bridesmaids. They were all waiting for the bridegroom to come to lead them to the wedding feast. It was dark and they needed light to guide them. When the time came only five of them were prepared with enough oil in their lamps – so the other five missed their opportunity. The connection was made with us being ready and prepared for when Jesus comes again and not wanting to miss out. So we need to give him our hearts now and ask him into our lives.
Craft work of course included making glass lanterns and making bridesmaids (and very fetching doily dresses they had too!) Wooden boxes were beautifully decorated and made into Jack-in-the Boxes, and games such as Splat the Rat were played as we talked about being ready for surprises. A prayer Station was set up whereby we thought of some of the world’s resources running out, just as the bridesmaids oil ran out. Some of the children also prayed about the danger of some species of animals becoming extinct.
We enjoyed eating or tea together round the table lit only by the lanterns we had made. The best bit was eating the “wedding” cake we had helped to decorate.
Next messy Church coincides with the Town Christmas Festival on November 25th. We shall be open as usual in the Memorial Hall 3-5pm (when we’ll go to see the switching on of the Christmas lights). A special Christmas Messy Church will be held on Saturday December 23rd. Do bring your family along.
- Princess Street
- LL20 8RD