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Annual Report for Messy Church 2013

We continue to see God’s hand in Messy Church and we are blessed constantly by his favour over this small taste of church in Petersfield.

During 2013 the cooking team at Messy Church fed over 900 people! Over 1500 people (young and old) attended the Messy Church in Petersfield on the 3rd Tuesday each month.

When put like that you realize just what an impact this very simple format of church is having within our community.

Many of the families in Petersfield would like to attend church – but for whatever reason they cannot attend on a Sunday – and when they come along they like to do things together.

We have a lot of grandparents and child minders bringing their charges with parents coming along to join them for tea and we have also had quite a few Dads joining us after work for the meal as well in the last few months!

Over the last year we spent time looking at various individuals in the Bible and at how their ordinary lives were made extraordinary by God.

Emma Dean is fabulous at preparing simple and effective crafts and aided by Penny Callaghan they delight in providing at least one very messy activity each month as well as ones that the parents want to take part in!

Our regular helpers are a wonderful bunch from across the churches and we have also got a few new members on the team who were regular attendees of Messy Church themselves but now want to help.

Our regular catering team (John & Liz Studd, John I, Caroline F, Pippa, Sandra, David S) prepare a main meal for 100 each month now – and God is amazing at making it stretch when it has to!

Just recently a team from the Methodist Church have come along to help with the washing up and tidying of the kitchen this has made an incredible difference to our catering team and we are thankful for God’s provision in what might seem like a small thing!

We thought that we would try something different during the run up to Christmas that would be a blessing to the town and fun for the children!

So having seen the Messy Nativity we asked a few “knitting” friends if they could make some sheep! We had 21 made that we placed around the town at the beginning of December for a fortnight. This seems to have been a success and hopefully we will be able to do something similar again in 2014. These sheep will be sold in the next few weeks and all the money raised will go to the Tearfund Syria appeal.

For the 1st time this year we held a simple Messy Christmas service at St Peter’s Church – it was well attended even though the weather was awful!

Being part of the Messy team is tiring as I’m sure every helper will tell you but there is also much fun and laughter involved with the team and we are always looking for new helpers!

We are looking forward to 2014 and we will continue to put God first and to carry on looking for the new horizons and opportunities he puts before us.

Thank you to all of you who support us in the many and varied ways that you do, we really do appreciate each and everyone of you!

Helen & Emma

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