A team of volunteers from the parishes of St. Stephen’s and St. Michael’s recently had a Messy church taster session in preparation for their first Messy Church which they are planning to hold in June 2016. The churches have recently appointed Canon Jim Carson as their new rector and his wife Heather Carson as Parish Development Officer.
Heather said volunteers from both churches were very keen to get some training on Messy Church and begin to plan for their first Messy Church event. Under Heather’s guidance they have come together to do a joined Messy Church with will take place in one or other of the two churches on alternate months.
Jill Hamilton, Connor’s Children’s Project Development Officer who is also the Northern Ireland Regional Co-ordinator for Messy Church came to lead the taster session which was held in St. Stephen’s halls.
The taster session began with a brief explanation of Messy Church; its core values and format and looked at common misconceptions about Messy Church. There was then a time to sample a few Messy church crafts and activities followed by examples of a Messy Church style interactive story, prayer and song. We also had a great time singing some graces to the tunes of well-known TV theme tunes.
The team were really enthusiastic and joined in with everything with great gusto. They had a great attitude and had a laugh with one another as they went along. A promising sign for the building up of the team! All the best St. Michael’s and St. Stephens with your first Messy church!