Messy Church

Messy Church will be coming to Fishbourne in the Autumn

Moira and a small working party have been looking to see if it would be possible to start a Messy Church Service at St Peter’s and St Mary’s.

What is Messy Church?
Messy Church is a once monthly time when families come together, to enjoy making things together, eating together and celebrating God together.
The Principles are:
To provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together
To help people of all ages to feel they belong in church and to each other
To help families have fun together
To give families a chance to express their God-given creativity
To invite people to experience a Christian community
To introduce children to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship

How will it work?
It will be on the second Sundays of the month at 4.30pm in St Peter’s Place next to the Church. There will be a theme to the service usually a Bible story. The sessions starts with people arriving and a chance to play a game or make something such as a badge or a mask, then there is a five minute bible story often with songs and actions and a prayer, all the family join together for this. Following on there will be a craft session, physical games and activities for the families to do, there will be four different areas, each area facilitated by a leader. After the activity session everyone comes together again to talk and share their experience before joining a simple family meal together. Children can only come with parents or a guardian. Older children who also come with a parent can become ambassadors and help but can’t lead.

So what next?
We are registered with the Messy Church organisation they provide lots of ideas and support but now we need to know if families would be interested and we need a large team of volunteers to help facilitate. Your feedback on the idea to Moira or any of the team is welcome and we would love everyone to feel they can be a part of this. It shouldn’t be a big commitment if we have a large team willing to help in many ways. Jobs include setting up the hall and dismantling the hall after, providing food, serving food, facilitating a craft table, singing, musical skills, storytelling, welcoming families and publicity. There will be a signup sheet in the back of church. The leaders may need a DBS check but this can easily be arranged if necessary, Moira is looking into this.

Our next meeting is Sunday 1st July at 16.30 in the Hall, if you would like to come along or speak to Moira, Marion, Caroline, Louisa, Debbie, Sam or Jenny if you want to know more or even better volunteer!!