Kingsfold Methodist Church
Friday 26th October 2018
Every October in Messy Church we hold our annual Light Party. A Light Party is the Christians alternative to Hallowe’en when everyone at Messy Church comes together to celebrate light not darkness. We celebrate the light and love that Jesus brings into our world.
During our worship time with Karen we watched a clip from the children’s film ‘Tangled’, where the King and Queen send out lanterns, a symbol of their hope that they would act as a guide to bring their lost daughter back home to them after being lost for 18 years. We heard that God is just like the King and Queen, he sent his son Jesus out as a light in the world to guide us through the darkness to him. When we follow Jesus, we are called to be like Light too and as we grow to love him more, he lights us up inside so that we, too, can shine his light in our world, spreading his love around and making it a better place to live.
Marion had made us a lovely tea of corned beef hash and baked beans followed by luscious cakes. Once we’d demolished that lot off we went to start on the mix of crafts and games that the Messy Team had planned.
Julie’s cookery corner made stained glass window biscuits – done by crushing up boiled sweets which were put inside different shapes of biscuit dough and baked in the oven. Karen’s table made light jars, we covered jam jars with glue and then stuck on cut up coloured tissue paper and stickers to the outside of the jar with a battery operated tea light inside. They also made coasters with pictures of stars and Jesus is the Light of the World around the edge, coloured in and laminated. Becky made glitter lanterns with the names of people we wanted to pray for along the outside. Lynne was supervising a game of eating doughnuts which were strung up above the children’s heads, they had to try to eat one without using their hands – mouths only! Very Messy but good fun!
Nicky was trying her best to keep the children dry as they had a game of apple bobbing – not very successfully mind you. Water, water everywhere!
The final game of the night was our very popular Pinata – this is a large bag that we fill with sweets, the children take turns hitting it with wooden sticks until finally the bag succumbs and the sweets inside shower down onto the floor – a mad scramble ensued to make sure that everyone got their fair share!
At the end of the evening the children took all their sweets and crafts home with them along with a cone of popcorn with a funny face drawn on it. Another good night full of mess, food, crafts, games and fellowship.
Our next Messy Church will be on Friday 30th November when we will be hearing all about Advent and doing lots of Christmas crafts – why not come and join us? Everyone is very welcome to join in the fun. Karen Rufus
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