Kingsfold Methodist Church
Sunday 16th December 2018
Our Messy Nativity service was on Sunday 16th December at 10.30 am and what a wonderful morning we had. The church was set up with tables and chairs in a café style setting, the church looked gorgeous – decorated by some of the Messy Team the day before. Christmas banners up, the stable in situ ready for the Nativity tableau later in the service and craft items and bowls of chocolates on each table.
The church was filled to capacity with Messy children, families and members of our church congregation.
The title of our service was ‘Jesus is
the Heart of Christmas’ and what a bumper packed service it was led by Nicky
Gleeson and the Messy Team. We explored different emotions that Christmas
brings out in us – grumpiness at all the extra work of shopping, baking, card
writing and gift wrapping. Greediness at the amount of money that people
spend on gifts and the amount of money that others expect us to spend in
return. Eating and drinking too much when others don’t have enough to
eat. Surprise when we realise that actually, the best gift of all is
totally free and available to us all year round – the gift of Jesus and his
We had our usual Messy craft time in the
middle of the service with everyone joining in marvellously. There was a
mix of 4 different crafts on each table – Nativity colour-in baubles, Nativity
mosaic decorations, 3D Angel decorations and 3D wooden star decorations, which
everyone enjoyed making.
We heard the story of the first Christmas night with the children acting out the various parts – and a brilliant job they made of it too! John Maiden and Trevor helped us out by playing the Innkeeper and King Herod – and they were pretty good too!
After the service refreshments were
served at each table whilst the children got changed and received a bag of
chocolates and a copy of the Christmas story book as a thank you for taking
part. Once again we had a really lovely morning, setting the scene for
Christmas 2018. A big thank you to Nicky, the whole Messy Team and, of
course, the children who were our star players!
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