Kingsfold Methodist Church

Messy Church.
'I Am With You Always'
Friday 25th May 2018

Having sufficiently recovered from the Sunday School/Messy Church Anniversary the Messy team felt ready to plan for our May Messy evening.  Our theme for the night was 
‘I am with you always’ which followed on from the Anniversary theme.

Rev Katharine led our worship and read again the story I had told you at the Anniversary – ‘Wherever you are , my love will find you’ and she talked about the immense love that God has for each one of us always.

As this was to be Rev Katharines last Messy evening we presented her with a Thank You card, a bouquet of flowers and a photo frame containing photographs of her, Paul and their new baby grandson Samuel.

As you can imagine it was quite an emotional evening for all of us – particularly Rev Katharine.

We enjoyed fellowship together over a meal of chicken or tomato soup, French bread and cheese and ham sandwiches followed by lots of cake and chocolate biscuits.  Our meal was a little less ambitious than usual as Marion – our chief caterer was away on holiday, but we were ably helped by Enid, John and Eileen in the kitchen who also cleared away for us!

We had 6 crafts and a game for the families to complete.  Rev Katharine was showing the children how to make prayer bracelets with beads including cross shaped beads, Karen’s table made Hama bead heart shaped fridge magnets – these are tiny, tiny beads which you put onto a plastic heart shape and when full, very carefully cover with greaseproof paper and iron (the children were not allowed to do that bit!)  The heat of the iron fuses all the beads together to create the desired shape and very pretty they were too.  Julie supervised making heart shaped shortbread biscuits, whilst Mark and Ted were in charge of organising icing Rich Tea biscuits with the shape of a heart and the word Love written on them with an icing pen.

We had a table with the card people figures we had used at the Anniversary for the children to decorate and which were then added to the board in the Youth Hall.  Lynne’s table was doing potato printing – in the shape of?  Yes you’ve guessed it – a heart!  She also had drawn heart shapes for the children to complete with stickers and pictures answering the question Who do we love?  A very messy craft indeed!

Finally Becky was doing a water game with water, she had a bucket of water on her table which the children had to transfer from the bucket to a bowl, from the bowl to a jug, from the jug to a teapot and from the teapot to a cup – another very popular if messy game!

Once again we had a fabulous evening which everyone enjoyed – a bit damp, a bit paint messy, icing everywhere but it is Messy Church after all!!

Karen Rufus


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