Andover Messy Church News September 2015

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Bridge St Andover held a Messy Church on 20th September 2015. Our first theme after the summer break was 'the greatest party ever!' based around the parable of the wedding banquet. Lots of good craft ideas from our planning session had to be distilled down into four so we had the Messy Church families making invitations, party hats, having a go at 'doughnut bobbing' and creating a collage depicting a table groaning with fine food.

The theme was introduced using a DVD showing a modern retelling of the parable called 'Sir Barry's Birthday'. While the graphics and story were simple enough for the children, the parents enjoyed it too as it sent up 'the Apprentice' amongst other things. We returned to the story in the celebration time with Trevor acting out the part of Sir Barry and Jan his servant, with the children taking turns to be friends, customers and even the Prime Minister giving feeble excuses for not attending Barry's party. The favourite was David Cameron excusing himself by saying that Samantha wanted him to watch 'Strictly Come Dancing' with her!

Inevitably, the worship rounded off with a couple of raucous action songs, before the main challenge of the session — lack of a kitchen and back room to have the meal! In the end it was fairly smooth exercise to set up in the hall and this lent an appropriate party atmosphere to the proceedings — and luckily there were no spillages! We thought it was a pretty lively session with plenty of the regulars there ready to get stuck in to All Things Messy at the start of another year. Judge for yourself from the photos...

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