It was a miserable wet Saturday morning at the beginning of a very hectic weekend; Santa Fun Run, Live Nativity, Christingle. Yet five families, including one for the first time, came along to All Saints to enjoy and contribute to, Messy Church. We all started with the usual breakfast and progressed to a variety of activities. The session was based around the ‘Special Message’ which Gabriel brought to Mary that she was going to have a baby who would be the Son of god.
Jan Winslade told us the story (Luke 1: 26-38) and we discussed what questions we might have asked Gabriel after such a momentous announcement. We also thought about the many different names for Jesus in the Bible, and then we sang a song before heading back out into the rain.
The next Messy Church will be at All Saints Church on Saturday 14th January 2017, 9.30-11.30 am. All are very welcome; please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information see www.messychurch.org.uk, and see us on Facebook; ‘Messy Church Falmouth’.
Messy Church at All Saints, Sat 8 Oct, 9.30-11.30am
Messy Church says Thank you
Changing Messy Church to Saturday morning at All Saints Church was a risk, involving extra effort by our helpers, but it worked out brilliantly. Our theme was ‘It is good to say “Thank you”’, and we started with breakfast of cereals, toast with a variety of spreads, and tea and coffee. The Nutella seemed to be very popular, judging by the chocolatey cheeks!
Alan then gave an energetic illustrated talk thanking God for the wonderful world that He has engineered for us to live in, finishing with a song. The activities which followed were quite messy (how appropriate) with painting stones to make “Thank you” paperweights and creating a list of the foods which are produced locally, from Apples to Zucchinis. At the same time we painted three “Thank you” banners, one of which was given to All Saints Church to thank them for the very warm welcome and unstinting help which they gave us. Finally there were Parachute games, in the big space we had created by moving some of the chairs in the church.
The next Messy Church will be at All Saints Church on Saturday 12th November, 9.30-11.30 am. All are very welcome; please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information see www.messychurch.org.uk.
As you may know, Messy Church (MC) has been a great success in many ways over the last 18
months, but we have not yet managed to grow the number of families who join us. We have
therefore decided to try a different day and time; 9.30 to 11.30 on a Saturday morning, starting with
breakfast for all. Unfortunately St Francis School, who have been very supportive of MC, are not
able to accommodate us at this new time. However, we are delighted that All Saints Church,
Killigrew Street has offered us the use of their church and we have accepted, on a trial basis to the
end of 2016. This means that we will have a more central location and the use of kitchen facilities.
There is also plenty of parking and a toilet available. We anticipate that we will need more helpers
on the day, partly because some of our previous helpers have moved away and partly because we
plan to have more families to welcome. Many things will stay the same e.g. registration of families,
Celebration with stories, acting and singing, and activities. There will be some ‘new’ tasks such as;
moving furniture (before and after), food preparation and serving on the morning and washing up
(maybe, to be decided). We will need less food preparation in advance (no more cakes!!)
We plan to invite families from all over Falmouth through publicity at Primary Schools, posters, and
information on the FPCT and St Budock Church websites.
The dates we have planned are the second Saturday in the month; October 8th, November 12th
and December 10th.
If you are able to help, or would like to know a little more before volunteering, please contact Mary
Wright on 01326-210824. You could also check out the Messy Church website:
Messy Church on the Beach : 17 July 2016