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AS the summer holidays drew to a close, the children of Foundry Close and Turners Court enjoyed a fun afternoon as Neighbourhood Messy Church came to the street.
With crafts and music, games and stories, and snacks for all, the afternoon was facilitated by Melksham Messy Church leader, Hannah Tarring, and friends from the area. The crafts and activities were arranged over a couple of driveways, while an area in front of other neighbours was used for the parachute games and the story.
“Over 40 parents and children from the close and court were captivated as Hannah shared the story of Jesus calling a group of fishermen to be His followers,” report the group. “All the crafts and activities were developed around the same theme. There remain signs of the fun, as one enthusiastic dad allowed the children to paint his car and a banner made by the children saying ‘God Made Me Special’ is proudly displayed in a window.
“While it has not been possible to meet in person during the pandemic, Hannah has organised Messy Church activity packs and video links through the Melksham Messy Church Facebook group.
“Many of the children on Foundry Close have stayed connected with Melksham Messy Church through the distribution of the monthly packs during a summer holiday club week.”
Hannah adds, “This Messy Church pop-up was a tremendous opportunity to connect with the community through play, creativity and welcome. Messy Church is a fantastic alternative to traditional church, and we look forward to planning more pop-up events in the future.”
Of plans to restart the Sunday afternoon Messy Church meet up, Hannah said, “I’m unsure when Messy Church and Little Cherubs Toddler Group will be relaunching (hopefully soon), so don’t have any dates. We’ll keep everyone up to date on our Melksham Messy Church and Little Cherubs Toddler Facebook groups.”
For more information about Messy Church, people could visit the Messy Church website: messychurch.org