The theme for Messy Church at St Barnabas on Friday February 22nd was “Jesus said “I am the Good Shepherd”’ (this was the second in our series of the ‘I am’ statements).
We were delighted to welcome 88 participants – 60 adults and 28 children (from 18 different families).
Our evening started with an hour of crafts and activities that illustrated Jesus’s love and caring for us as a shepherd cares for and looks after his sheep. Needless to say, many were ‘sheep-based’ - rolling a marble in paint on a paper surface to show a wondering sheep, finding a ‘lost’ sheep in a touch-bag of items, herding sheep using pool noodles and large soft balls and making sheep masks. Everyone helped to create a large fabric collage and each child decorated his own cupcake to look like a sheep (and then got to eat it for dessert!).
We were very pleased to have Lois Friedman join us as a special guest to demonstrate wool preparation and spinning showing us how particularly important sheep were in Biblical times. Our snack was cheese pastry sheep-shaped cookies. Discussion around our theme was enjoyed at the Messy Conversation table.
Both the children and adults participated enthusiastically during the Celebration in the sanctuary. Many songs had actions to go along with the words and the story of the lost sheep (acted by some of our junior church members) was very engaging.
Our evening ended with a delicious meal of shepherd’s pie, vegetables and ‘sheep’ cupcakes prepared and donated by our volunteer cooks.
The next Messy Church at St Barnabas will be on Friday May 3rd 5-7:00p.m with our theme “Jesus said ‘I am the True Vine”’. We look forward to another fun and meaningful evening.