Last Sunday we had a baptism at St Hilda's. It was a special baptism. All baptisms are special, but this was extra special 'cos it's the first time we have had a baptism at Messy Church.
Amanda who was baptised is one of the many adults and children who come along to St Hilda's Hall every 2nd Sunday morning for this monthly gathering. The folk from the 9am service join us for morning tea, we play creatively, we build things, we chat away to each other as we do - adult to adult, child to child and child to adult. We have gathering time that includes singing action songs, thinking about life and God and finishing with a scrumptious, two course lunch.
So, why did Amanda get baptised at Messy Church. Well, she could. And she wanted to get baptised where she meets with God. She also wants to learn more about God. One of the things she was given at her baptism was a new Bible. And as the banner behind her says, "I'm special because I'm baptised." Baptism for Amanda reminds her, and will always remind her, that she is God's special child.
Perhaps it won't be long before we have another baptism or two at Messy Church. In the meantime, Jolene and John are soon to be married. It won't be in messy church; but in their back yard with Messy Church people there.
Messy Church is Real Church; done a little bit differently!
Good Friday 2018 saw the Upper Hutt walk of witness revived as Anglicans and Baptists traversed the route from Rimutaka Baptist Church to St Hilda's Anglican via Maoribank School.
This regular joint effort is an attempt to identify by local Christians, to more closely identify with Jesus' walk to His Cross on the first Good Friday. In the process they pray, listen to scriptures and reflect on their personal faith. A consequence may be that those who pass by them also pause for a moment to reflect on their faith.
This year 20+ people completed the whole walk over 90mins. before a closing service in St Hilda's in Cruickshank Rd. Several others joined in for shorter sections of the walk. The walk had begun in the Rimutaka Baptist Church with a service there. Appropriately, drinks and hot cross buns were the fare in St Hilda's hall at the end of proceedings.
This year the route of the walk was altered to recognise the relationship that exists between both Churches and Maoribank School. Both churches have members who support Supakidz during lunch on Mondays and the Sunday evening community gathering, begun by the Baptists last year.
Expressions of interest have been received by the Union Parish, Awaken Church and the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints to involve in Next year's walk. Watch this space and look forward to another Walk of Witness on Good Friday 2019.