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Messy Church in Thurso is for messy people with messy lives

By Gordon Calder

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IT is called a Messy Church for messy people with messy lives. The initiative, launched by Thurso Baptist Church earlier this year, caters for all ages from single people to families and from young to old, based on hospitality, creativity and celebration.

Team leader, Jennifer Gordon, said: "Messy Church is intended for anyone, no matter how messy or tidy they think their life is, or whatever stage they are on their journey of faith, so it’s relaxed and informal and there’s always a creative element and other activities, communal singing and sharing a meal together as one big, messy family.

Serving food at the Messy Chutch
Serving food at the Messy Chutch

"Last month some participants dressed up and took to the Red Carpet and discovered what it means to Shine like Stars in their families and communities instead of for themselves."

One of the communal creative projects produced adorns the foyer of the church and is a giant heart, filled with broken and discarded pieces of sea glass.

Working on the seaglass heart
Working on the seaglass heart

The next Messy Church will be held on Sunday, December 3 to mark the beginning of the Advent season with everyone creating their own messy Christingle.

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