Wesley United Church gets “messy” as part of its new programming

 

A blindfolded Ian Phillips, in the role of Samson, is guided by fellow volunteers Minerva O’Donnell, Debbie Phillips and Ian O’Donnell during Wesley United Church’s “Messy Church” program last Wednesday night.

A blindfolded Ian Phillips, in the role of Samson, is guided by fellow volunteers Minerva O’Donnell, Debbie Phillips and Ian O’Donnell during Wesley United Church’s “Messy Church” program last Wednesday night.

By Ron Giofu

 

Wesley United Church is in its new location and is now trying new programs as a result.

The church, now located at 580 Middle Side Road, has introduced the “Messy Church” program the fourth Wednesday of the month with last Wednesday night being the fourth month Wesley United has undertaken it.

Coordinator Chris Brassett said it is “an alternative way of doing church” adding it is a community-based event that is intergenerational and non-denominational.

“It’s for everybody,” said Brassett.

Brassett noted that people who are “not necessarily church-goers” or for those who may be busy Sunday mornings can attend.

“It’s the same message for everyone,” said Brassett. “It’s fun. You can show up in your jeans and T-shirt. It’s a fun way of getting the message out.”

“It’s a way of families doing something together and not separate activities,” added Debra Honor, one of the team members that help present “Messy Church.”

Debra added “Messy Church” helps replace the free dinner program Wesley United Church used to offer at its former location on Sandwich St. S. Husband Robert said the new program is “an extension” of the former free dinner program.

“It adds another layer of community fellowship with the dinner,” said Robert.

“(Messy Church) gives you more than food sustenance. It gives you spiritual sustenance too,” she added. “We do accept donations for people who want to donate but it’s not necessary.”

Brassett said activities are for both adults and children, although she admitted some adults need to be “nudged” into doing some of the activities.

“There’s a little something anyone can enjoy,” said Brassett.

“Messy Church” draws 25-35 people every month and Brassett said many of them are returnees.

“As people get to know we’re here, we’re hoping for bigger crowds,” said Brassett.

Brassett also noted it is an opportunity for people to experience fellowship and people can just show up for dinner if they like.

“If they just show up for dinner. That’s fine, too,” said Brassett.

“It’s kind of free and easy. It works out pretty good,” added Robert.

The next “Messy Church” will be Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m.

“Children have to bring an adult but adults don’t have to have to bring children,” said Brassett.

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