Muddy Church at St Mary’s
We hold Muddy Church in the churchyard at 10:30am on the third Sunday of every month. It is a children’s church service, where families can come together to wander and wonder in God’s creation!
We launched Muddy Church in October and we love to do natural outside activities and crafts set in the churchyard in individual family pods. We all come together around a prayer tree area, seated on log stumps, to listen to stories, learn about God, join in with action songs and pray together. It is a wonderful way to experience church in these unusual times.
In October, we focussed on Harvest and the stewardship of creation. We created bird feeders to hang from our pods, planted crocuses around our trees to look forward to in the springtime and learnt about the parable of the mustard seed. It was wonderful to see families coming together once again at St Mary’s in a safe and fun way.
In November, we thought about Seeing God and exploring the ways in which we can see God in nature and in the world around us. Once again we were in our pods, which are being personalised to each individual family with bunting and bird feeders. We painted our ideas of God with mud paint which we created ourselves. We love a bit of mess and mud in Muddy Church! We heard the story of Jesus healing a blind man and Anna wowed us by looking through her ‘God Spotter’. Back in our pods we then created binoculars and natural viewfinders and looked around at where we could see God- everywhere! The children are thoroughly enjoying being out in nature, spending time doing these messy activities with their families and seeing their friends (albeit from a distance!). As the name suggests, Muddy Church takes places in all weathers. Wet coats and wellies are very welcome! Our new addition of hot chocolate has been very warm and pleasing! Please do bring a reusable cup to use.
We are so thankful to God for this opportunity to come together in the churchyard. All are welcome to join us on our Muddy Church adventure. We ask you to book your family’s space in advance so that we can prepare your pod for you.
Please do get in touch with Anna and Katy at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place and for more details.
Upcoming Muddy Church Dates:
Sunday 6th December: The Greatest Gift
Sunday 17th January:
Sunday 21st February