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!
We heard the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. There was a contest to see which was more powerful, Baal (a lump of stone) or God. The prophets and Elijah each built an altar of stone and wood and asked their god to light the fire - God did. God's light shines in the darkest of times even today.
Carve heart-shaped eyes, an upright cross for the nose, small upright rectangular ears, the shape of a Bible, a mouth like a thin fish and place the tea-light inside.
This was painted with our hands.
An edible altar made of marshmallows, twiglets and carrots. Twiglets seem to be, like Marmite, a like / loath taste.
There is light behind the dark, thankfully!
Never let me turn up my nose to others,
Open my eyes to see beauty around me,
open my ears I will hear your voice,
open my mouth to share the good news of God.
Let your light shine on all I say and do. Amen
Today we thought about listening and the story of Samuel. Below are some pictures of the activities. We also played some listening games where those who wanted to join in had to give thumbs up or down to some statements e.g. tomorrow school lessons will all be maths; that got a thumbs up! After activities and games exploring the story, we listened to the story, gave thanks for all we'd done and for the meal we were about to eat. 25 folk of all ages (a baby weeks old and a lady of 99) enjoyed meatballs and chips followed by apple crumble and custard.
Listening ears hidden messages
Samuel asleep then awake and listening to God's voice.
And Hannah prayed for a child.
Twice a month there are Morning Coffees in the Chalet next to the main Church building. Folks gather to chat and much their way through the morning. It's a great way to spend the morning - especially if you are feeling hungry - or lonely - or would like to chat. Please do come along.
Please note content of what is on offer may vary from the photograph.