Monday, 23 September 2019

Messy Church, Christ Church URC, Henley

Messy Church, Christ Church URC, Henley

ON the afternoon of Friday, March 8, local families, including primary-aged children, young teenagers, parents and grandparents met for Messy Church at Christ Church in Reading Road, Henley.

They enjoyed an afternoon of crafts, storytelling and song followed by a tasty cooked meal.

There are hundreds of Messy Churches around the country, and thousands around the world, that follow the same format of creativity and hospitality, welcoming families who might not belong to a church to come and learn about God while having fun and sharing a sitdown meal.

This month Messy Church continued its focus on Moses, retelling the story of the Ten Plagues and parting of the Red Sea. The children all made origami frogs and clothes peg locusts and decorated ginger men before partaking in a short service with a slide show of the bible story and singing in the main church.

The minister Rev Glyn Millington delivered the service, making the bible stories come alive for the young people.

Home-style hot chicken pie, vegetables and chocolate pudding was then served to old and young alike in the hall.

Messy Church takes place at Christ Church every second Friday of the month, from 4pm to 6pm. All families of primary aged children are always welcome to attend, as well as older and younger siblings. There is no charge, although small donations are welcome. Each time a different bible story is explored, with several relevant, fun and unusual crafts to create. Prepare to sometimes get messy!

My two children and I have been coming to Messy Church every month for more than three years. We just love the warm and welcoming atmosphere every month and the kids still enjoy it after all this time. They bring their friends from school and they all get involved in the crafts — the messier the better!

It’s also great for the delicious fresh meal that is cooked on site by the church volunteers that we all sit down to eat together.

The next Messy Church will be held on April 12 and will feature chocolates and eggs, focusing on the Easter story and the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus. Everyone is welcome.

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