The third of my catch-ups, and this one comes from Messy Church at Weeting, out in West Norfolk and on the very edge of our diocese. (I call it the Wild West…) Messy Church is another very popular method at the moment. Someone has to work very hard to follow the resource book’s instructions and make up activity kits (ready with all the materials, instructions and a worked example) for a number of tables, as well as worship and of course a meal – but at the event all that makes it easy for the helpers, and a special principle of this Messy Church is that the grown-ups who brought the kids stay and help (no dropping off). The result is that the adults as well as the children grow as Christians, and church grows too. I’ll expect to be back in the parish in a year so confirming the crop!
And the picture? It was Halloween and we made glowstick crosses which we then paraded during the worship with the lights turned down. Very effective it was too – and well done to Ken Waters and the team for putting it on. Perhaps the fact that the benefice is led by one of our Ozzie imports, Joan Horan, means they are more willing than most to see things turned upside down.