In May, we had a great time as we held Messy Church in Orsett School. Messy Church is a form of worship, known as a ‘Fresh Expression of Church,’ for children and their parents or carers. It begins with a Bible story which is followed by a range of fun activities or crafts related to the theme. This culminates in a short act of worship followed by a shared meal. Some of you may have attended Messy Church at Orsett Churches’ Centre or at another church.
At our first United Benefice Messy Church, our team of 9 helpers welcomed 11 young people and 6 adults who enjoyed a range of activities on the theme of Pentecost. Pentecost is, of course, the Birthday of the Christian Church when we remember the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples in the sound of rushing wind, in flames and with a power that enabled them to speak in different languages to share the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world.
At our Messy Church we began by listening to the account of Pentecost recorded in the book of Acts. And after this, we decorated cakes with chocolate fingers covered with fondant icing flames, wrote prayers on paper flames to share in our worship, made funky foam wind twirlers, wrote Praise the Lord in different languages, made headbands with flames and held a competition to see who could waft a crepe paper flame across the hall floor in the quickest time!
We joined together in worship to sing, to re-enact the Bible story using a cardboard ‘wobbleboard’ to make the sound for wind and our hands to make flame shapes above our heads. Those who had written ‘Praise the Lord’ in different languages, chorused their words together. For the time of prayer, we presented our flame prayers at the foot of the cross. Whilst we did this, we listened to the words, ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me’ and asked God to empower each of us with his Holy Spirit, to enable us to fulfil his call to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, just as the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples to do the same, at the beginning of the Church, all those years ago. And, finally, we shared a delicious meal of spaghetti bolognaise, sprinkled with cheese, followed by cake which had been ably prepared by Vicky Woollard. We are very grateful to Miss Jones at Orsett School for allowing us to use their hall and one of their classrooms and to their caretaker, who very kindly set up all the tables for us.
As I write, we are preparing to take the same Messy Church to Bulphan School. And, as you read, this should have happened! If you missed either of these but would like to come along in the future, the dates for the next Messy Church are:
All children of pre-school and primary school age and their parents/carers are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Messy Church is free. We look forward to seeing you there.
With love and prayers that each of you will know the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your own life.