We're into the second week of our 2018 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer focus. This Sunday we will focus on the Lord's prayer. Glenis has put together some Prayer Stations focusing on the Lord's Prayer which we will spend some time in the service reflecting on. These will be used both during the 9am service in the hall and the Messy Church that follows.
We also will take time to remind ourselves that we have committed to praying for five (5) people to become Christ and/or find God's blessing in some significant way. Next Sunday (Pentecost) we will hear from some of you how our praying has worked out.
In the interview below between Archbishop Justin Welby and Rachel Jordan Wolf (the C of E National Mission & Evangelism Adviser) we will hear them reflecting on what it means to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come". Perhaps this discussion will help us to deepen our praying as we uphold our five.
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!
Movie : Inside Out : 11th June
This is one of the movie suggestions from the Lenten studies: Our Transforming God. (If you have the Lenten study booklet check out the Family Studies section page 59.)
Who: For anyone that would like to come along.
Bring your own floor-cushion and snacks. Coffee and normal chairs provided.
Time: 1pm in St Hilda's hall following the Messy Church service.
Come to Messy Church first and have lunch before viewing.
Theme: "The Rich Fool"
Come along and join this monthly Service which begins at 10:15am.
A Messy Church service is: Christ-centered, all age, with hospitality, creativity & celebration.