Church Fun Day
15th July 2017

I think we can safely say that our 3rd - or was it the 4th  Fun Day was another big hit with our Kingsfold neighbours and our Messy families.

We had 22 helpers on the day including all 9 of the Messy Team and 3 of our Messy parents – frankly we couldn’t have managed without them.

Although the weather was very showery for most of the afternoon it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits nor did it keep people away.  I would estimate that we had over 100 people through the doors on the day.

The Bouncy Castle, Football Shooting Game, Coconut Shy and the BBQ were all outdoors .  The 50’s room was used as a Cafe with some additional tables at the front of Church.  The church kitchen was used and manned by an excellent 5 strong team of our ladies who all worked very hard throughout the day – as did everyone who was involved.

We used the Youth Hall for everything else – a Craft table with Scratch Art animals, birds and butterflies, animal masks and the remainder of the Crosses and Butterflies left over from Messy Anniversary.  There were 3 ladies doing face painting, 2 ladies doing cross temporary tattoos, a chocolate tombola, a popcorn station and the Feely boxes.

We got through 56 burgers, 40 sausages, countless scones, strawberries and cream and cakes.

All the helpers came to Church two hours earlier than the start of the Fun Day to set up.

Messy Church bought the BBQ and charcoal at a cost of £44.00.  We had received £115 of donations from Church people before the event and another £43 came in on the day from the people who attended.  The cost of the Fun Day was £167.79p so we were £9.79 short of completely covering the cost.  However on Sunday morning someone handed me a £10 note which meant that we were in profit by 21pence - amazing!!

Even though we had to scale the event down this year because the number of helpers were smaller than in previous years, the day was still a huge success and many people I spoke to commented how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and are already looking forward to next years!!

One little girl was disappointed we didn’t have the donkeys this year but then said “Well if you had exactly the same things every year it would be boring!”

The only advertising done for the event was to text /email our Messy families, put it on Messy’s Facebook page and put up a poster on the Church notice board – I am sure the activities we had outside did their share of advertising something was going on as we had many people who were not Messy families who came!  We were able to speak to some of the families who came and expressed an interest in our Messy Church - which meets on the last Friday of the month 6pm-8pm -so let’s pray it bears fruit!
Karen Rufus

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