Chard

 Chard Churches Together Church Diary

August - October 2014 Date

Time

Place and Activity

16th August

12 noon – 1pm

Methodist Church

Community Lunch – no charge

13th September

11am = 3pm

Streetspace Skate Park Jam

Henson Park, Chard

27th September

T.B.A.

Harvest Supper and Quiz

Baptist Church

4th October

12 noon – 1pm

Methodist Church

Community Lunch – no charge

26th October

10.30am

6.30pm

120th Anniversary Celebrations

Methodist Church

Preacher at both services:

Revd. Marilyn Tricker

 

MESSY CHURCH REPORT FOR CHARD CHURCHES TOGETHER

Messy Church was started 10 years ago by Lucy More in a suburb of Portsmouth. Lucy is the wife of an Anglican vicar and although they had quite a thriving children’s work at their church, they realised they were not connecting with the parents.

Similarly, Chard Churches Together ran two Holiday Clubs in Chard but we felt we needed some sort of follow up to engage with young families and so after much prayer and visiting other Messy Churches in the area, we started Messy Church in October 2009. We will, therefore, be celebrating our 5th birthday this October.

There are 5 core values of Messy Church which are:

1. Christ centred

2. Creativity

3. All age

4. Celebration

5. Hospitality

We meet on the second Thursday of the month at The Baptist Church from 4.00pm until 6.00pm. As people start to arrive tea, coffee and squash are available and biscuits and a few board games for families to enjoy together. Each month we have a theme and we offer a variety of crafts and then a time of celebration linked by that theme. The celebration time typically includes a Bible story, a song and a prayer. Finally, we sit down for tea together – a very valuable time for us to get to know each other better and begin to build bridges.

We regularly have 20 – 25 children plus mums, dads, grandparents and the catering team do an excellent job of providing a hot meal for around 60 (sometimes more)! The families we are meeting have a lot of problems – financial, health, relationships, housing, lack of parenting skills. The good thing is that after 5 years they keep coming and seem to view Messy Church as a safe community where they belong and find a welcome.

Messy Church admittedly requires a lot of manpower and I am really grateful to all who turn up month after month to help. For quite a few months now, I have been able to keep myself free from having to supervise a craft table so that I can circulate and talk to parents and this has proved really valuable in beginning to build relationships with several of the young mums.

Last month I attended a training day for Messy Church leaders at Fivehead Baptist Church with Lucy More. It is always good to get together with other Messy Church leaders and bounce ideas off of each other and learn from their experiences.

Financially we are pretty much self-supporting from donations. We started this year with £159.75 in hand and at present have £169.84. The biggest expense is food, except when we need some craft supplies.

 

 


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