We hope that this will help in communication with the team over the forthcoming months – please do take a bit of time to read it – so that all know what’s happening at Messy Church month by month.
We are doing some things differently this month so please do take time to read this carefully so you don’t get a big surprise when you arrive! ***
Team time: What’s different this month in this area:
We will begin with time to check that activity leaders know where their activity is and what it is about.
Then our usual team time will begin at 2.55pm. In order for this to happen we need to do our best to be punctual and to arrive no later than 2.45pm
TEAM 2 WORK ON THIS MONTH
This month we are going to concentrate on hospitality at the meal time.
The meal is a time to relax with the families and have time to chat and eat together, so it is really important that there are some leaders at each table. Starting this month there will be table talk questions which will help you to start conversations with the families.
Robert says … “I went on to youtube to see what I could find about hospitality and Messy Church … and I found myself! – I forgot I was interviewed at the MC conference last year!!!! but it is really, really important – let’s work on it this month!”
Activity Time: What’s different here! This month we are trying out starting with the activities as people arrive and having the Bible story afterwards. This means you will need to be ready at your activity as people are arriving. Because of this change we will have a door and welcome team who are not involved in the activities so they are available to welcome any late comers and direct them to the activities.
Story for this month – This month we are looking at the Story of Nehemiah and how God provides what we need to do the job he has planned for us.
The Bible passage is: Nehemiah 1-6 – Do take a read at it … It’s a brilliant story!
Talk about notes for each activity:
(These will be printed and placed on each activity table or area. They are included here so that so you can think about what you will say as you lead your activity and so that you have an overview of everything that is going on)
Wall building: The people had to work really hard to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Try this activity to see what it might have been like. As you work think about what it would be like to do nothing else apart from eat and sleep for 52 days? Would you be tired? At last the wall was completed to half its original height around the entire city, for the people had worked very hard. … The wall was finally finished – just fifty-two days after we had begun. Nehemiah 4:6 & 6:15
Prayer wall: Take some time to learn about the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and then on the prayer wall, to write or draw your prayer for something sad that is happening in the world.
When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. … O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honouring you. Please grant me success now as I go to ask the king for a great favour. Put it in his heart to be kind to me. Nehemiah 1: 4&11
Repair shop: Have some fun while you do something useful! Help repair some of the church property. Nehemiah helped the people repair large gates. Do you think that would be harder work than what you are helping to do today?
The Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah. They did the whole thing – laid the beams, hung the doors, and put the bolts and bars in place. Nehemiah 3:3
Clear the rubble: Have some fun racing your friends as you see how quickly you can clear the ‘rubble’ from the plate with a spoon? As you play, think how much more energy you would need to use to move lots of building rubble! How tired do you think you might be after moving lots of stones?
Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble. Nehemiah 2:14
Trumpet: Decorate an ice-cream cone to look like the trumpet Nehemiah used to keep the people safe. The trumpeter’s job was to sound the alarm if any enemies came to attack the people repairing the wall. What sort of alarms can you think of that you might have in your house or hear outside?
All the builders had a sword belted to their side. The trumpeter stayed with me to sound the alarm. … When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to where it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us! Nehemiah 4: 18&20
Letters and timber: Nehemiah asked the king for letters and timber. With your family, collect the letters and then find the timber. Nehemiah asked the king for letters to keep him safe as he travelled and also so that he could get a supply of wood from the King’s forest. What might we write in a letter?
I also said to the king, ‘If it please Your Majesty, give me letters to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah, And please send a letter to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber.’ Nehemiah 2: 7&8
Bible verses: Just like the people working to rebuild the wall, we all need encouragement sometimes. Here are some encouraging verses from the Bible to help you as you go through all the ups and downs of life.
Then the people of Judah began to complain that the workers were becoming tired. There was so much rubble to be moved that we could never get it done by ourselves. Nehemiah 4: 10
Bag of help: Together as a family create a special design on your bag. Then over the month collect some items of non-perishible food to give to St Vincent de Paul to help those who are in need of some help to have food to eat. And remember to bring it back with you at the next Lighthouse!
About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest … We need more money just so we can buy the food we need to survive … We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food. Nehemiah 5: 1- 4
Something important to remember: The activities and all that happens around the tables are for the whole family and not just the children. Some activities or parts of activities will be more suited to older children and adults and some for younger children but they are all of equal importance and it is important as an activity leader to try to encourage all to participate in the activity and to be especially mindful of the older children when there are not many of them there.
Leaders for each activity
Door and Welcome Noreen & Ruth H
Wall Building Robert D & Kevin
Prayer Wall Liz
Repair Shop Robert F & Chris
Trumpet Noelle & Matilda
Clear the rubble Joanna
Letters and Timber Veronica & Rachel W
Bible Verses Valerie & Ruth McK
Bags of Help Mel & Rachel
The aim of this is to introduce the story/theme of the day and to ground everything we do in the Word of God
This is an essential part of communicating with God. By doing this in a creative way we hope to give the message that prayer is a natural conversation with God and does not only occur when we say set prayers.
See you all on Sunday 19th at 2.45pm
Robert & April