Sunday 17th December 2017
As I write this Messy news update it’s the beginning of another New Year and Christmas has long since been and gone. However, we had such a brilliant Messy Nativity that it’s worth sharing with you all and reminding you of the wonderful morning we had together. The service was led by Rev Katharine and the Messy team and was entitled DIY Nativity Play.
The church was absolutely packed out – we even had to bring in extra chairs as more and more people kept on arriving – to see so many people in our church was just amazing! Because of this we were a little late in starting as we wanted to make sure everyone was sitting down and comfortable before we began. All the children were very excited at what was to come later in the service which began with Becky, Hannah and Matthew lighting our Advent Candles. After a couple of carols and an introductory welcome and chat by Rev Katharine we began our craft time. This year we had a mixture of four different crafts for everyone to try their hand at – they could choose to make a miniature Snow globe, colour in a Nativity Suncatcher, decorate and weave a large Star or complete a dotty Nativity picture! Everyone was very busy and it was so lovely to hear everyone chatting together and getting on so well – a mix of Messy families and our own Church people on each table, getting to know each other and enjoying the activities.
Once the crafts were completed the children went out to get changed for the Nativity play whilst Rev Katharine spoke to the congregation. Fortunately we had several spare costumes on hand so that all the children that had come to the service but weren’t in the original cast list didn’t feel left out and all of them were able to take part – we proved you can never have too many Angels and Shepherds in a Nativity play! As always the kids were absolutely brilliant – they looked amazing in their colourful costumes as they acted out the story of the first Christmas which was told in rhyme by Rev Katharine and Karen. The children sang the first verse of Away in a Manger on their own which was just lovely – a very emotional part of the service. The Messy Team did a great job of getting everyone ready in record time and ensuring that all the children came in at the right time! At the end of the morning, all the children received a Christmas gift of a bag of chocolates and a book containing the story of the first Christmas to remind them that Jesus is the best gift we could ever have.
After the service everyone stayed behind for refreshments and more chat – in fact no-one seemed to want to leave! The whole morning was a fantastic time of worship, fun and fellowship which certainly seemed to be enjoyed by all. The service touched many hearts and really brought home to all of us just what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.
Our next Messy evening will be on Friday 26th January 6-8pm. We always love to welcome new faces – why not come along and see what we get up to?
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