It took some weeks to prepare for Messy Church. I am used to working with a well oiled team who all knew what they were doing. If we started a session and realised that something was missing, you could be sure that someone else would turn up with it, and I nearly always forgot the milk.
Having done a bit of everyone else’s job this time for my new church I really appreciated all the work that they had put in.
But my tiny team of volunteers were troopers on the day! These busy busy folk who seem to hold the church congregation together also supported me!
So, we learnt about the “Prodigal son.” How he spent his inheritance on “wine, women and song” even before his Dad had passed on,ending up on the pig farm with absolutely nothing. He had to return home, hoping his Dad would have him back , and Dad rushed down the road to meet him and threw a party in his honour. We learned that ,that is how God is, when we return to him in sorrow and wanting to make it up to Him we are received with open arms.
I tied it in with the theme of our “Discovery Group” who have been studying “The Prodigal God ” on a Tuesday evening with the Minister.
There was a good cross section of the congregation there, aged from about 45 -87 and it was wonderful to see them making pigs and binoculars, garlands and cards whilst chatting away to each other.This one was just for our “grown ups” ,so that they can decide whether they would like to have it on a regular basis.
We had stories, sang songs, which they had not sung before but joined in lustily and after a health warning they joined in the actions of the Party Story and no one was stretchered out!
We enjoyed bacon rolls in keeping with the theme and folk admitted that they had had fun.