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Messy Minster: Christmas At Home

by Michael Ford last modified 18 Dec, 2020 08:59 PM

Messy Church began in 2004 just east of our Diocese in Cowplain, near Portsmouth, and is now a global movement - a branch of the Church in its own right. Families gather for fun, laughter and true Christian celebration, meaning and life.

So what happens when we can't gather face-to-face for Messy Church?

St Denys in Warminster has been working on this.

The Revd Carole Owen says:

"Our Advent and Christmas Messy Minster is always one of the most popular. This year we celebrate 10 Years of Messy Minster at St Denys the Minster Warminster, so we had to think outside the box. If families could not come to us, we would take Messy Minster to them.

"The Messy Church magazine suggested 'Christmas Is Here' as a theme, which seemed much needed in 2020. We contacted our families on social media, who were all keen to take part, saying "We would love to do Messy Minster at home!"

"Our team decided to make a bag for each child and an extra bag for them to give away. We chose 5 activities to put in a bag with a glue stick. A glow stick was included to make a Shine For Jesus Star, a Christmas Quiz, Colouring Nativity stained glass window, a no-bake Christmas pudding and a clear plastic bauble. The baubles were to create a colourful Messy world.

Messy Minster- Christmas At Home recipients

"Families were asked to talk about how our world, our families and our lives are messy, particularly this year! The Christmas story is messy, but our Father God meets us whatever messiness we are in. He is there to support us in our mess and get in there with us. This Christmas especially, He wants to hear our thoughts and feelings.

"We added 2 tasty treats to our take-home bags. Our talented baker Michelle made and iced 34 gingerbread trees, and we also included a candy cane which when turned upside down makes the letter J for baby Jesus, born into our messy world for each one of us."

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