Young families throughout communities in Ottawa’s west end will have an opportunity to take in St.Martin’s Messy Church session being hosted on Tuesday, May 14th from 4 to 6 pm in the Parish Hall located at 2120 Prince Charles Road at Lockhart Avenue two blocks north of the Carlingwood Shopping Centre.
Messy Church is especially designed to meet the needs of families with no time for church on Sundays with their kids. The May 14th installment is an opportunity to check out aspects of the Christian church tradition in a relaxed family atmosphere that features crafts, storytelling and songs capped by a kid-yummy family meal together laid on as part of the Messy Church gathering. There is no fee to participate. All families with children from toddler to early teen years are welcome. No Church affiliation or membership is necessary.
Registration can be done in person at the door commencing at 3:30 pm on May 14th or in advance by telephoning St. Martin’s at 613- 722-6077 or Emailing email@example.com.
First launched by St. Martin’s in the late fall of 2010 and convened on a monthly basis throughout the fall to early spring period of 2011 and 2012, Messy Church operations are resuming after a timeout this past year to consider feedback and fine tune the program. St. Martin’s Rector, the Reverend Richard Vroom is especially glad to see the resumption of Messy Church. Citing the very positive reception participants gave it Vroom had this to say:
“Whether we’re talking dual parent, single parent or parents of blended families, our experience in hosting Messy Church points to a definite desire on the part of parents to ensure their children receive a grounding in the Christian faith. And they’re willing to fit it into their busy, often hectic schedule of non-church commitments. That’s where Messy Church comes into play.”
In mounting St. Martin’s Messy Church Reverend Vroom is hopeful that community media, neighbouring churches and businesses will help spread the word to families about the May 14th Messy Church session. Ultimately he would like to see a circuit of Messy Church programs hosted on alternate months by west end churches as an ideal way to make the best use of people resources with a frequency that gives parents ample scheduling choices. For the immediate time being St. Martin’s is planning to host its two hour Messy Church programme on a quarterly basis and have a team of twenty volunteers co-ordinated by Lay Reader Rebecca Veale to make the experience a rewarding one for families.
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