Messy Church @ APC
The aims of Messy Church are as follows:
to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together
to help people of all ages feel they belong to the church and to each other
to help people have fun together
to give people a chance to express their God-given creativity
to invite people in to experience a Chrstian community
to introduce people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship
At APC we try to meet every 2 or 3 months and our theme is either based around a Christian festival like Christmas or Easter, or around a Biblical character or story. People of all ages are welcome - to attend or to help - and the aim is to be as inclusive as possible. Children should come along accompanied by a parent or carer. This makes Messy Church a unique type of children's event, a family event, where parents - and grannies and papas - participate and not just drop their children off!
We meet on a Sunday afternoon from 3.30 until 5 pm. Our programme starts in the church with some singing, usually a warm-up , a theme-setting activity and then our story for the day. After that we go into the Centre and choose what crafts, games or activies to do unti we go back into to church to do more fun singing - usually very loudly - and bring the worship to a close. We always finish with a light fellowship meal for everyone involved - usually one of my favourite bits!
Our next 'messy' event will be a Christingle Messy Church and will be on Sunday 05 December . Why not come along and join us!