Rev Sandra Edwards, vicar of All Saints’ Church in Denmead talks about an upcoming Messy Church event
This Saturday, October 17 you are invited to All Saints’ Church in Denmead at 3.30pm to experience a Messy Church event exploring the story of the Good Samaritan.
It’s a story that Jesus told to his friends to help them to think about who their neighbour was.
He wanted them to see that their neighbours weren’t just those people who lived close to them or who they got on well with, but everyone.
And that message is still important for us today.
Young children and their families will have the chance to make a collage to tell the story, felt purses and donkey masks.
We’re also going to be painting with our hands and decorating gingerbread men and also making hearts.
After the activities we will then act out the story of the Good Samaritan, pray to God and sing some songs together before sharing a buffet tea together.
Our Messy Church is the perfect opportunity for children and their parents, grandparents and carers to learn about faith through fun activities.
We meet on the third Saturday of every month and everyone is welcome.
I like the way that everybody takes part in the making, the singing, and the sitting down together to a meal, which gives everybody a chance to learn and to explore spiritual questions together.
Jesus also met people where they were, he sat and enjoyed meals with friends.
So come along and join us this Saturday, have fun with messy crafts, get to know new friends, meet up with old ones, sing and celebrate and eat together.
The very first Messy Church started at St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, in 2004. Since then it has spread across the world.
It aims to introduce people to Jesus and give them an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him, in a way that the whole family can enjoy.
n All Saints’ Church is in Hambledon Road, Denmead, PO7 6NN.
Following the Messy Church on Saturday, on Sunday there will be holy communion at 8am, parish communion at 9.30am and an informal church service at 6pm.
There is also a ‘healing service’ planned for All Saints’ Day on November 1.
Contact Rev Edwards on (023) 9225 5490 or visit allsaintsdenmead.org.uk to find out more.