Thirty-two children, ten helpers and around twenty parents attended our Easter Messy Church service at the Fairfield Centre on Saturday 8th April.
The children were taught about the events of Holy Week through crafts, story and song. They decorated hard boiled eggs, made chocolate Easter nests, Holy week calendars, Holy Week mobiles and decorated wooden scenes depicting the Easter story. They also helped to make paper flowers which will be used to decorate our Easter display board in church.
The children were invited to write prayers to hang on an Easter prayer tree which has now been placed in the children’s corner in church. Outside in the garden the children helped to construct and paint a cardboard Jerusalem Gate (through which Christ entered into the city on Palm Sunday). To finish up there was an Easter Egg hunt in the garden with everyone passing through the gate to collect the things they had made to take home. Revd Mark brought the morning to a close with prayers, a blessing and an invitation to our Easter church services.
The children appeared to thoroughly enjoy the morning and it was impressive to witness how well they listened and engaged with the story and real meaning of Easter – this was clearly evident in all the correct answers Revd Mark received when he quizzed them about what they had heard.
Grateful thanks to all the helpers; without your hard work and support this event wouldn’t be possible.
As Revd Mark observed: “this is not a substitute for church, this is church!”