Messy Birthday at Ravenmeol's Community Centre







Our first Messy Church Formby was held on
Sunday 23rd May.
We had a brilliant Birthday Party!
Thank you to all who attended and to all our helpers!








Photograph of girl making footprints on paperWe had 130 people at our first Messy Church! 40 volunteers and about 90 children, parents and grandparents come to the church. People came from school contacts, brownies, people who just received the flyers we distributed around the Park Road estate, and just a few church members. This was just what we had hoped and prayed for; that Messy Church would reach out to people who don't come to church and that was the case!
Photograph of two ladies talking and enjoying craft activities

     

Photograph of girl with cake that she has decoratedPeople arrived and had a variety of crafts and games to choose from. Painting was popular especially the paddling pool with paint in it for children to walk in and onto rolls of wall paper to follow Jesus' footsteps. The cup cake decorating was a great hit; some dads came back to decorate extra cakes! There were 12 stations in all including a chill out corner with Lego and toys.
Photograph of boys making shakers

     


Photograph of Messy Church WorshipAfter an hour families were invited through to another room for worship led by Lizzi White and Andy Nichol who did great action songs which all the children joined in and quite a few of the parents did as well . We had a Messy Message from Revd Mike from St Luke's and Kath led prayers including a prayer cake!

Whilst that was going on our volunteers transformed the main room into a dining room and worshippers came out to bowls of pasta, and a lovely section of cakes, we did birthdays and notices and then said goodbye after two hours.

     
Photograph of family enjoying craft together

As people left we asked them to put their names labels on a cool wall we had made to show if their thought Messy Church was brilliant, fun, or just OK! Feedback was overwhelmingly positive; brilliant and fun, (only two children said Ok and their parents contradicted them saying they had really enjoyed it). Most people told us they will be back in July!

Photograph of Messy Church banner and children