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!
St Hilda of Whitby is the Patron saint of Upper Hutt Anglicans. The reason why is lost in the mists of time. However, we do endeavour each year to honour our link with St Hilda and Whitby in the UK. Our tradition is to share breakfast as the St Hilda's Congregations (9am) and have one Celebratory service (10am) followed by morning tea together. That will happen again this year on Sunday 19th November.
Features of the this year's service are:
* 'Clypping' is an old English word which means 'embracing' or 'clasping' and during the patronal service, everyone is encouraged to form a circle round the Church, hold hands and so clyppe or embrace the Church. As we do this we sing the clypping hymn. It is a way of showing our thanks to God for our Church and asking God to bless it. It also reminds us that we are joined together as the community of St Hilda's, Upper Hutt.
You are invited to attend this special annual service of remembrance in St Hilda's at 7pm on Sunday 5th November. Please come and offer the name of your deceased one/s, light a candle in remembrance of them, give thanks for them and participate in this short worship service.
St Hilda's Anglican Church in Cruickshank Road, Upper Hutt is a popular wedding venue for a number of reasons:
St Hilda's have taken a cue from the Wellington Diocesan Week of Prayer initiative, "Come Holy Spirit" to keep the time from the Sunday after Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday as a time of focused Prayer. Something that also echos the Church England initiative, "Thy Kingdom Come".
This prayer focus will be expressed in all St Hilda services from Ascension Day (25 May) until Corpus Christi (15 June). Worshipers will be encouraged to be regular in prayer, to notice answered prayer, in whatever form it comes; and to be thankful. They will be encouraged to talk about their praying, some of them may choose to talk about it in Church services. The following services will have a Prayer Focus: