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!