Now in January we started with the ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus. The first being Jesus declaring that he is 'The Light of the world'. Jesus knew all about the darkness of our world, the darkness that affect us all, and causes us to have messy lives. Jesus came to change all that so that we may live in the light and experience his love in our lives.
This is what messy church is all about to reveal more and more about Jesus and his love for you, so that you will see more of what it means to live in his light.
In February we had the another saying of Jesus 'I am the true vine' we were thinking about what Jesus meant when he said “I am the true vine” and discovered together the truths about our growth, fruitfulness and growing closer to Jesus. Jesus always used everyday experiences to explain what he was talking about and vines were very common to his disciples. Jesus wants us to stay close to him and let him change us from within through talking to him through prayer and learning more about what he teaches us in the bible.
Third and final one in the series we looked at Jesus' being 'I am the good shepherd'
to discover the way Jesus guides and leads us in the same way that a shepherd look after his sheep. A good shepherd who defends and protects his sheep and provides for them, Jesus was willing to die for his sheep, therefore Jesus is our good shepherd, who loves all his sheep in the world, even if they go astray or gets lost he will search for them and bring them home.
In April we started a new series on love God, love your neighbour and love the world. Our first topic was 'love God', to help us see God as a loving Parent, we used the story of the lost son in Luke 15:11-24 no matter how much we have let down our heavenly father he is always there waiting for us to return to him and we are guaranteed a fantastic welcome back. the crafts were brilliant and of course the meal was great.
Our May Messy together we thought about what it means to 'love your neighbour', based on the story told by Jesus about 'The Good Samaritan'. How we put our love for God into action by helping those who are in need, in our community and in the world.
As always the crafts were well made and reflected the message which led on to sharing a fantastic meal together before making our way home. Well done everyone who came and of course to the teams that help it all go so smoothly.
How the year progresses, it doesn't seem a month since our last Messy Church.
Well this time our theme was on 'Love our world' to nurture a sense of wonder and love for the world that God has given us to live in. We need to remember that we are loved to bits by the creator and our responsibility for the well being of our planet. it was once again a great time to experience the friendship and caring of everyone who attended, enjoying our time together.
In July we had our annual BBQ in the village Primary School the attendance was great, we had sports and games on the school field with crafts in the hall. The theme of the day was 'Who is Jesus' thinking about Jesus’ life on earth and to see him as the one God sent to mend a broken world. The BBQ was fantastic thanks for the teams for their hard work, and so was the water fight afterwards where I was the target! Great fun. Finally many thanks to the School for there support and care.
Again in September we had a great time and our theme was 'The Sower'. Jesus is pointing out how different people respond to His message about getting to know him. Everyone was involved and enjoyed the experience of discovering more about our relationship to God and how that reflects on our relationships to one another. Thanks again to the teams for their outstanding work on the crafts we all enjoyed and to the catering team for the splendid food.
It's October already, this month we celebrated 'Harvest' when we remember Jesus feeding the five thousand out in the countryside with his friends and how a little boys five loaves and two fishes feed this huge crowd and how God provides today for those who know him. Yet again the crafts the food were great and so enjoyable, my thanks goes to our hard working team that makes it such fun.
In November we thought about and celebrated 'Remembrance'; this is where we remember and give thanks for those who gave up their lives for their country. At Messy we remembered what it cost our Heavenly Father to sent his only Son to die for the whole world, to change it. This enables people who respond to him, to live their lives in peace and reconciliation with God and each other.