Messy Church at Barton Trinity usually meets during school holidays. It is usually very busy with lots of families enjoying the celebration, crafts and meal together.
We have been unable to meet since February but we have been keeping in touch with the families who usually come. Messy Church bags were sent out at Easter and twice during the summer holidays.
Our summer bags were on the themes of It’s a Wonderful World and The Wise and Foolish Builders.
It’s a Wonderful World bags were based on Psalm 8 and included lots of activities to help children think about things in the world around them – including an interactive version of the Psalm ideas to make peg animals, colouring sheets, animal masks or lion/monkey door hanger crafts, a prayer stone and a book of Bible stories – a photo of some of the things included is below.
The Wise and Foolish Builder bags included puppets to make and encouragement to build model houses, a keyring with different coloured beads for different prayers, colouring and puzzle sheets and a book of ideas which might help when you feel wobbly.
We received a grant from Tesco to help us with these.
More bags are being prepared for October half term on the theme of Shining your Light and we will also be putting together some Advent bags to help families prepare for Christmas.
We have also recently started a Messy Church Barton Facebook page where we have posted craft and prayer activities and songs.