Messy Rheged

Over 2000 attend Cumbria’s biggest Messy Church

Hundreds of families joined in Cumbria’s biggest Messy Church at Rheged visitor centre near Penrith on Sunday, 11thMarch, organised as part of the larger county-wide Moving Mountains weekend. One hundred volunteers spent the day ensuring the whole Messy church ran smoothly; Messy church leaders from across Cumbria, volunteers from local churches and several young leaders, spent the day offering a whole range of free activities around the theme of ‘Finding God’s Love’. The fun on offer included a lost sheep treasure hunt, cleaning dirty pennies in the Messy science zone, exploring the virtual land of Ancora in the gaming zone, decorating heart shaped biscuits, making a ‘Marbellous musical instrument’ in the woodcraft zone, drumming in the music zone, making biodegradable pots and planting seeds as part of the craft zone. There were also various pop up activities on offer throughout the day, including a ‘God thinks you’re gorgeous’ selfie station, lunchtime café table-talk activities, prayer stations and some roving entertainment by Thomas Trilby. Three celebrations occurred throughout the day in the lecture theatre, each gathering families to explore a different lost & found parable.

Musical entertainment throughout the event in the Mountain Hall added to the ambience and we are very grateful to the staff and families of the three local primary schools who joined the fun: Lazonby C of E, Stainton C of E and Beaconside C of E.

We are also incredibly thankful to the staff and directors of Rheged, whose generosity made this event possible.

Find your local Messy church here: http://bit.ly/localmessy or contact sarah.hulme@carlislediocese.org.uk for Messy Cumbria news & updates.

Join us for our next MESSY RHEGED on 3rd February 2019

Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Entertainer Thomas Trilby (centre) with (left) Mike Talbot and Bishop James Newcombe of Carlisle, at Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Liam Smith, six, and Peter Morgan, both from Kirkoswald, at the drumming workshop at Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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Messy Play at Rheged on Sunday 11th March 2018
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all credits Jenny Woolgar