A few years ago a group of like minded people from the benefice (The Bromleys & Ardleigh) met together to discuss the future of Children in Church in our Benefice. The Children's Work Committee, (as the team is now called) meet together regularly to plan "Messy Church".
The events can be found on the events page and listed in The Bromley Messenger magazine.
What is "Messy Church"?
Messy Church is an opportunity for young families to come to church in a new way, with craft activities, sharing of a meal and listening to God's word through stories, prayer and praise.
Messy church doesn't always take place in a church building but finds somewhere suitable for families to meet, it is an informal way of coming to church where we can make a mess and have some fun!
Since April 2011 Messy Church has met in Great Bromley Village Hall and Ardleigh Village Hall alternately.
Please join us! For more information please phone Carol Cordwell 01206 395103.
On 2nd April 2013 we held our Messy Church morning in Ardleigh Village Hall. We were pleased to see around 38 children of mixed ages along with their families.
We began with a short reminder of the Easter story and the excitement of New Life that follows. I also believe that chocolate Easter eggs were mentioned! The children were then sent off to take part in 5 craft activities related to our topic. Some used the playdough or played with the toys in the corner between crafts. When all the activities were exhausted, the children got together again for a song and short prayer time. Father Robert was presented with an Easter egg as a thank you for all his help at Messy Church.
Finally we all assembled to have a light lunch together before departing. It was lovely to see so many people, some regular faces and some new ones having a fun, relaxed time. We also welcomed some new helpers to make the morning even better. It didn't take long to clear away as so many parents helped, that even this was easy.
We would like to thank all those who helped and all those who came along to take part in our Eggstravaganza event for making it such an enjoyable and friendly time.