An update from Carol Brown at Winlaton Messy Church, Tyne & Wear, who was determined to carry on with their Messy Church after fire destroyed their church hall.
‘We had our first Messy Church since the fire on Saturday. As the church loos and the pews (oh, that rhymes!) were not yet organised, we only met for an hour, but what a wonderful session we had! We did a Holy Week walk around the church. We had a lively procession around the aisles waving our palms and singing “We have a king who rides a donkey”. We had a “Last Supper” with bread and juice. We gathered around the cross and had a quiet time, listening to a short piece of music, then on to Easter morning. We discussed the different parts of the story and how those involved must feel. We finished with a joyous rendition of “Lord of the Dance”, then an Easter egg hunt. Instead of a sit-down lunch, they were given a bag of eats to take home and some activities to do at home.
‘Feedback from parents and children and helpers was very positive, and we look forward to our next meeting, when we will be organised to follow our usual routine. It is heartening to know that Messy Church has become an important part of our mission here in our village of Winlaton. The families that come really value it and are very keen to see it continue. We regularly have up to 30 children plus their adult family members.
‘Update on our teapot! Ringtons, being a local Newcastle firm, were very interested to hear the story. They have been out to take photos and have gifted us 72 china mugs (all the crockery in the hall was lost) and a promise of tea and coffee for our fundraising!
‘Please continue to pray for us.’