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Families Get Messy

For the past four years, children of all ages have been enjoying getting their hands dirty and being part of a special Saturday afternoon church family at Hethersett. 

Hethersett Messy Church is held four times a year, encouraging youngsters from as young as 12 months, along with parents, carers and helpers, to enjoy crafts, games and two hours of fun with a special Christian message. 

Nationally Messy Church is this year celebrating its 10th birthday and Hethersett St Remigius marked the occasion with a special cake made by organiser Tara Whiting. 

Building bricks, hand painting, crafts, refreshments and many other past-times combined to make two hours of activity around the theme of “Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand.” 

Hethersett Messy Church was started by former rector, the Rev Di Lammas, during her time in the village. Today it is a thriving initiative as Mrs Whiting explained: 

“Di Lammas felt that if children were happy in church, then parents and carers would be as well. Messy Church was a way of making families feel welcome and also involve them in church life,” she said. 

Above helpers and youngsters. On the right - getting down to some craft work. Below left Alex and Joseph Anjos and on the right youngsters with building blocks

Messy Church is a loosely structured concept over a two hour period that includes 45 minutes of arts, crafts and games, followed by about 15 minutes of songs and praise and then a shared tea or hot meal. 

The concept has come a long way over its four years in Hethersett and Tara Whiting and her band of helpers already have plans to expand it to involve the wider local community: 

“We would like to expand and bring in people from the community with particular skills in fields as diverse as art and crafts, sport and creative writing. We would also like to expand our community to take in the Meltons and other local communities,” she added. 

The latest event was also a special day for Joseph Anjos who was also celebrating his own 10th birthday and had insisted on sharing it with his friends at Messy Church.