Two photos of the Harvest Thanksgiving. We gathered in UNICEF Jars of Grace and were very glad to do so. UNICEF is working hard in so many places around the world and it's the least we can do to help them a little. Donations of food were also gathered in and these will go to Lochaber Foodbank.
Thanks to those who set up the display in the church building and to those who made the food for the tea.
We were exploring the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. One kept working hard all the time while the other sat and listened to Jesus. The hard working one didn't realise there were, and are, times to be busy and time to be still - God helps us know when to do each.
Our activities included baking, making placemats and napkin folding; we did a little mindfulness then heard the story (Luke 10:38-42), gave thanks and all helped set the table ready for the meal.
Wow! Acharacle lunches went like a fair, ie it was busy. The bacon was finished and the extra that was bought went too, we ran out of soup and rolls. Over £300 raised - thank you all!
The money is going to a project to take water to a village in Zambia - the Mafuwa Water Project.
We were thinking about foundations and what happens if they are not firm and strong. The story of the two houses, one built on rock and one on sand, was the inspiration. Sand castles fall down when squirted with water, Jenga towers wobble and fall down on uneven surfaces, rock cakes (cup cakes) and sand biscuits (shortbread) taste nice!
Maundy Thursday worship at Acharacle - symbols of living and corner stones, bread and wine, betrayal power and serving.
Egg painting, scratch card crosses, biscuit tomb and plant pots filled with edible soil and jelly bugs!
Birthday cake for the lady who is 100 and she was helped by one of the little girls while being watched to check the size of the slices of cake.
100 years and 8 months - and the rest of Messy Church.
The scratch cards and bead crosses - those beads got everywhere!
On Sunday 18th March there will be a Celebration Service at Acharacle especially for those who, last or this year, have birthdays ending in a '0'. Please do join us on that day! Photos here!
Cake! Daffodil icing.
Spring flowers Everyone could see the cake.
Ready for celebration worship. Mona was 100 today - receiving a card from the Queen
Mona with guests Lots of children there too.
100 and still going strong - God bless!
At Messy Church this session we thought about Jesus Special Friends (Story teller Bible by Bob Holman). The disciples were a disparate bunch - from fishermen to a tax collector. Amongst the activities we made lego boats (Kayla, Alister, Alex and Miguel, thank you) and mobiles with fish - here are a few photos from the session (with a house and a dog too!).
Messy Church Christmas party included using vaseline to smother your face where you would grow a beard then sticking your face into a tub of cotton-wool balls - Santa!
Great fun was had by all. Next Messy Church on the last Monday in January. Until then - may the blessing of the season, Jesus, be with you always, happy Christmas!
Messy Church is an alternative form of worship, not a feeder for regular worship and not only for children, for all ages and stages. At Acharacle there are little people of four months old and a wonderful lady who is four months short of her 100th birthday! How wonderful it is to be able to share Church with these two stars!