Note: Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the Church Renovation, Messy Church will meet in person outside at the Pavilion at the Lewinsville Gardens. All participants will be required to wear a mask and stay in family groups for activities.
A rich Sunday morning educational program that explores the Christian faith for all ages is presented every Sunday morning. This program year, Lewinsville is instituting the Messy Church program – a worshiping community of all ages, centered on Christ, showing Christian hospitality, giving people a chance to express their creativity, to sit down together to eat a meal, and have fun within a church context.
Messy Church is a once-monthly time when families come together to enjoy being together, making things together, eating together, and celebrating God together through his word, through music, and through prayer. The once-monthly events are bolstered by break-out sessions for all other Sundays, providing a forum for parents.
The Class Descriptions below apply only when we resume normal programming after the Covid-19 Pandemic:
Nursery and Childcare:
Child care is available on the lower Heritage Hall for infants and toddlers through age 3. Two certified child-care attendants staff the nursery along with parent volunteers. A safe and attractive outdoor play area for preschool/kindergarten aged children. Maria Bravo is our nursery care provider along with Ana Alfaro. If you have any questions about the nursery and child care providers at Lewinsville please don’t hesitate to be in touch with nursery care volunteer, Alison Stager at Tmoge@yahoo.com.
Pre-School children will participate in Messy Church. On Celebration Sundays, they will participate in the intergenerational activities and follow the schedule for Celebration Sundays. On Break-Out Sundays, the pre-schoolers will begin in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for an opening Session, then move to Room 6 for Joyful Noise and Godly Plan from 9:45-10:45 am.
During the first half hour, the children will learn to sing songs with our Children’s Choir Specialist. The second half hour will focus on the Godly Play Bible stories. Godly Plan is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children’s spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms. The stories are told very simply, with simple props and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest. The story is then put away and the children choose the art supplies they would like to work with to spend time creating whatever they choose in response to what they feel is most important or
Elementary age children will also participate in Messy Church. On Celebration Sundays, they will participate in the intergenerational activities and follow the schedule for Celebration Sundays. On Break-Out Sundays, the children will begin in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for an opening Session, then remain in Fellowship Hall from 9:45-10:45 am for activities and themes presented by the youth of Lewinsville Church.
In addition to our Christian Education program, children ages 4 through Grade 2 are invited to participate in Sermon Stories during the 11:00 am worship service.