The November Messy Church Leaders get together took place on in St. Saviour’s Dollingstown. The idea was to have a get together outside of the Belfast area as all of our previous meetings have been in Belfast. This is because there are quite a few Messy Church in and around the Belfast area but of course there are many outside that area. So special thanks to those of you took the trouble to come from Belfast and take part as well as others who came quite long distances to be with us.
It was a really worthwhile night and as always the highlight was the getting together and the chat amongst the leaders and the sharing of ideas.
We started off with a few ideas for Christmas themed games/challenges. The ideas came from the Children’s Ministry deals website and to download the games for yourself, just click on the link below
We then had a go at doing some Christmas themed edible crafts as they are always a winner at Messy Church. We did some rich tea camels, pregnant Mary biscuits and some ice-cream cone angels. The photos below show the full beauty of our efforts!!!
Instructions for making the edible crafts as well as many other Advent and Christmas themed activities can be found in the following Messy Church outlines. These can also be found in the resources section of this website.
We spent the rest of the evening sharing ideas. Everyone brought one or more ideas to share with accompanying craft samples, photos, PowerPoint slides etc. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent there is out there and we had the opportunity to ask questions and find out some good tips for doing the various activities, learning from people who had already tried it out.
The leaders made the most of being together –chatting and making connections. I was delighted to see that people were taking each other’s email addresses so they could share more ideas and resources between themselves. That is what the meet up is all about, a chance to improve our skills and knowledge and to build up our resource banks by sharing with other people with the same passion for Jesus as we have. All the Messy Church leaders were very willing to be generous with their own resources in order to resource others. For all the information on what we shared click on the link below:
We meet together twice a year so if you would like to come along and haven’t yet made it, you would be most welcome! Our next meet up is planned for May 2016!