A very “Happy New Year” to you all from the Messy Church Team!
It seems like ages ago that we last met together for our Messy Church in the All Saints Hall, but we did say on that occasion, we would not be meeting in January (as the children would still be on their Christmas break away from school). However, it was fantastic to see so many of you at the Crib and the Messy Christingle Services in December. Thank you all for being there to join in with those very special celebrations.
I am thrilled to be able to confirm that we SHALL be meeting again next Sunday, 6th February, 2022, in the All Saints’ Hall, (Selborne Road entrance, please) for Messy Church.
The dreadful Pandemic isn’t over, but we are all pleased that many of the enforced restrictions have recently been lifted or relaxed. Having said that, we are totally committed to keeping everyone safe: we dare not let ourselves become complacent, so we shall continue to have the safety of everyone attending uppermost in our minds. Accordingly, we will all be taking a Lateral Flow Test before attending, and we encourage you to do the same, please. Once at the Hall, we shall continue to take every reasonable measure to protect the health and well-being of everyone present. This will include encouraging the use of hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the All Saints’ Hall and thorough hand washing, please.
As you know, ‘Messy Church’ is intended for all ages, which is why we are always keen for it to be a whole family occasion. So, we hope to see lots of children and ‘grown-ups’ present each month as we continue with our ‘Holy Habits’ theme for 2021/22. This month’s specific topic will be –
‘MAKING MORE DISCIPLES’
Once more, we ask you to try your best to be there for 11.00 am so that we can make a prompt start and, consequently, we ask for your co-operation in making this possible, please. (We realise that some families like to keep as much of the afternoon free as possible for their other plans, so a prompt start means that everyone is happy – which is what we all want!)
We have several exciting new crafts for the children to have fun getting messy with and there will be another delicious lunch comprising Sausage Baps – an alternative will be available for vegetarians – followed by the ever-popular Choc Ices! Food is a key element of our Messy Church gathering together, of course, so please do try and stay with us for that sharing experience.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all again so hope you will make a special effort to come along and join in the usual fun and friendship.
(on behalf of all members of our Messy Church Team)