Sunday, 18 September 2011
People, Prayers and Potatoes "Creation" Session
Today at midday was the first ever People, Prayers and Potatoes at St Nicolas Earley.
Based on the messy church concept it is a way of experiencing a Christian narrative in a more informal way. The service includes craft (in the hall), before praying and worshipping together (in church) and then eating jacket potatoes together (back in the hall).
Armed with God's spirit, much enthusiasm, plenty of ideas and a blessing of helpers we kicked off this new monthly missional service.
I started by doing the Godly Play on Creation before allowing them to respond in one of a number of ways:
1. By drawing, writing or collating
2. In reflection with the Godly Play itself
3. Through the making of prayer stones
4. In the creation of acorn sheep
5. With the tactile experience of playdough
As you can see, the creations on creation were fabulous, both the young and young at heart enjoyed themselves.
Moving into church for the worship element worked really well, allowing a quietening ready for reflection, prayer and song.
And who would ever turn down a home-cooked jacket potato lunch with friends; true fellowship together.
This service was and is God given; given to us as church so we can give to the community. Amen.
Thanks to the following blogs for inspiration in designing the craft for the session.
Major Love of Film's Bug Rocks
Red Ted Art's Acorn Sheep
Nurture Store's No cook playdough recipe http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-no-cook-playdough-recipe-autumn-theme