Messy Church is a monthly inter-generational family gathering involving worship, crafts, music, storytelling, and a shared supper at 5:45 p.m. on the second Thursday. For more information contact Betsy Adams.
This year (Fall 2017-Spring 2018) we will travel around the Mediterranean with Paul sharing the news of Jesus as told in the Book of Acts (and dealing the vipers, shipwrecks, prison). Our travelers will have passports and maps to use for the journey.
On January 11, we will learn about Paul and his friends and how we are called to teamwork for the sake of the GOOD NEWS. (a note for January: There will be fabric dye involved, so old clothes, please!)
January's Messy is Paul and His Friends. The theme is really about teamwork, how God calls us to work together to be the Church.
For story we have lots of choices of friends and companions, but I think some of the interesting stories are:
Lydia of Philippi: the dealer in purple cloth. The story on the same section about the slave girl is also some fun. Acts 16:11-18 At the end of this story we could end with a teaser about another friend of Paul's in Philippi who we will meet next month (Paul and Silas in jail)
Priscilla and Aquila: Acts 18 Believers, evangelists and fellow tent makers. Their stories weaves through Acts
Luke: in Christian tradition, the author of the Gospel According to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, a companion of St. Paul the Apostle, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Information about his life is scanty. Tradition based on references in the Pauline Letters has regarded him as a physician and a Gentile. He probably accompanied Paul on several missionary journeys. Luke is first mentioned in the letters of Paul as the latter’s “coworker” and as the “beloved physician.” In the last half of Acts Luke speaks in the first person plural "we" as he describes travels and stories such as the shipwreck near Malta.
We should also mention that Paul traveled to places, stayed for a while and then traveled on to the next place. He kept on touch with the believers by sending letters of encouragement and teaching. Hopefully we will have some letters of encouragement from the Foyers group to give to each of the kids
I have purchased a new prayer die (similar to the one we use for blessing our food) that we can use during our worship time. Each side has different prayer for friends. Thought we could work it in with our theme and have a few kids roll it and lead us in prayer.
Our song will be the girl scout song, "Make New Friend But Keep the Old" We'll also sing out overall theme song, "Open the Eyes of My Heart"
For activities we have the following:
For Lydia: Tie dye tee shirts. Gail has put this project together for us. Each of the kids can make a shirt. We will have to figure out where they can dry and how to get them to the kids.
For Priscilla and Aquila: I have 'tent' sewing cards for the older children and a wooden sewing toy for our youngest Messy Churchers
For Luke: The kids can select from various healthy fruits to make their own "teamwork" fruit salad. Think; all of the fruits are different but together they make a salad. For the youngest ones I have some play doctor toys
Letters of Love: The kids will write notes of encouragement to a friend or family member