Lots of fun for families at Alway Messy Church

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“You should come in here, it’s well fun!” was just one of the affirming comments that was overheard from a child shouting to his friend across the street.

A usually peaceful and reflective Sunday was taken over by just over 50 children and adults at St Teilo’s Church Hall in Alway, Newport for our first Messy Church.

As this was our first venture together to try a new form of church so we had no idea who would turn up! But we were hopeful that many of the different people who The Lab team in Alway have had contact with over that last six years would decide to come. We were amazed with all the new and old faces. Many more then we where expecting!

Our theme was harvest, and the crafts and activities on offer were:

  • Putting a thumbprint on a map of where you live, and writing what you love about where you live.
  • Making a grass head of someone you are thankful for.
  • A ‘build a farm’ obstacle course, thinking about how hard it is for those who make our food and to be thankful for them
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Finally, everyone came together to share bacon and sausage butties, and explore the story of the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’, where we reflected on how we can be thankful to God for each other, our community and the world.

It was a great collaboration between The Lab, St Teilo’s congregation and the new Newport East Ministry Area to share the love of God with those who otherwise have very little contact with church. We are really excited to see where this will lead as the Messy Church in Alway continues to grow and develop!

Alway Messy Church has two more meetings in 2014 on Sunday 30th November and Sunday 21st December.

Join us at St Teilo’s Church Hall between 12pm and 1.30pm.

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About the author: Matt Davis
Matt Davis
Matt joined the Lab team in 2011 and has stayed with us since then. He is responsible for continuing to develop our community on the Alway estate, and is currently exploring his sense of vocation. Matt, and his wife Jess, live in the Lab community house in Alway.