Hello! I’m Charlotte Rushton and I’m so proud and happy to be curate in the Parish of Merthyr Tydfil, my home town. This is me and some of the young people at Messy Church last Saturday (23 September 2017) in our ‘Messy Selfie’ photo at St Tydfil’s old parish church. I say ‘some’, because a fair few youngsters, and their parents, were still making toffee apples at the back of the church! ‘Toffee apples’ I hear you say, ‘Why toffee apples in church?’ Well, we spent the afternoon thanking God for the harvest; and as part of our celebration we made messy things like toffee apples, pinecone bird feeders, seed art, autumnal name plaques, and many other crafts.
But this wasn’t a quiet, calm service by any means. We kicked off with parachute games before crafts, and then the black team and the orange team had a race to see who could fill their team bucket with the most apples by carrying them under their chin. The youngsters were brilliant, not an apple was dropped! It ended in a draw, but next time…
The action didn’t stop there, we had some high-octane worship with action songs, and of course our Messy Anthem, Jesus you’re my Superhero. I love storytelling, and I shared the story of Our Superhero’s amazing picnic, where Jesus showed us that by trusting God, amazing things can happen… like feeding over 5,000 people with just two fish and five loaves of bread! While we were jumping around, singing and dancing, the Mams and Dads enjoyed a nice cuppa and a chat.
This Messy wasn’t just celebrating the harvest. We also gave thanks for and celebrated the newest members of the Church. Those who were baptised in the parish over the past few months received their baptism candle and certificate. This was a very special time, and we are all looking forward to watching the children grow and getting to know our amazing Jesus better.
As usual, Messy church was full of energy, glitter, building, singing, praising, storytelling and laughter for all the family, regardless of their age. I’d love to see you at our next Messy Church – Messy Christingle between 2-4pm, on Saturday, 23 December 2017. Get into the Christmas mood with all of us here. I can promise you one thing… it will be Messy!!!!