Messy Church welcomes the Mayor of Dereham to their Harvest Session

October 31, 2018

31 children and 61 adults came to the October half-term session of Messy Church. They were surprised and delighted to find a special visitor who joined in the fun and messiness of their family fun morning….the Mayor of Dereham!

Mayor of Dereham Hilary Bushell joins in the Messy Church at St Nicholas
Mayor of Dereham Hilary Bushell joins in the Messy Church at St Nicholas

Mayor Hilary Bushell participated in making ‘catch-a-ball’ fish, fishing story cards, harvest stencilling and laminated picnic mats. She joined in the games and seemed to particularly like Canon Sally’s game of ‘Beans’, although it must have been difficult as she was wearing her heavy chain of office.

Worship time, with the story of ‘Feeding the 5,000’, gave opportunity for the Mayor to tell the children about her role. She enjoyed the fish finger rolls and fresh fruit baskets at refreshment time. It was good to be able to show the Mayor what goes on at our Messy Church sessions as well as introduce her to the children and for them to learn about her role.

Messy Church is developing well, with older children now attending. Facebook Dereham Community Notice Board page is proving a good way of informing and attracting families to our sessions, with positive comments following our postings.

The next Messy Church event will be to stage craft tables at the ‘Switching on of Dereham Lights’ afternoon, on Sunday 2nd December. The next ‘normal’ Messy Church session will be on Tuesday 19th February 2019, during the Spring half-term week.