All Saints’ Harrow Weald launches new phase of activity for children and young people
All Saints’ Harrow Weald has announced that it will be adding to its innovative programme of activities for children and young people with a new series of ‘Messy Church’ sessions that will meet on the last Sunday of the month.
Messy Church involves young people in church through activities including a variety of crafts, storytelling, music and food. The launch, which will be on Advent Sunday (30 November) and will explore the story of Christmas, comes as All Saints’ and its partners in the innovative Forest School Initiative release a short film about the project and its progress so far.
Forest Church, which meets in the woodland behind All Saints’, is aimed at introducing children who risk exclusion from inner suburban and urban schools to green spaces in the outer suburbs and a new range of skills and experiences. The scheme is run in partnership with Harrow Council and 600 children have benefitted from it so far. The short film shows how the church and its partners have come together to deliver these transformative experiences for young people and share some of the lessons that can help others implement the ideas in their areas.
All Saints’ work is a key example of the Diocese of London’s Capital Vision 2020 of serving local communities in a way that is ‘confident, compassionate and creative’. The innovative community work of the church was praised by the thinktank ResPublica in its report Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England in 2013.
All Saints’ ‘Messy Church’ leader, Mandy Whitfield says:
"We are looking forward to drawing in families and individuals to hear and experience the exciting and surprising story of the good news of Christmas. We have a team of creative helpers looking forward to welcoming people into a different but genuine expression of church."
The Revd James Mercer, Vicar of All Saints’, Harrow Weald, commented:
"All Saints’ is constantly looking for innovative ways to engage with and serve the wider and diverse community of Harrow Weald. ‘Messy Church’ is our latest venture. We hope that it will grow to become a new congregation in its own right".
You can find out more information about Messy Church at All Saint’s Harrow Weald.