Messy Church

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Food

A craft-based journal for Messy Church members by Lucy Moore. Messy Crafts is a craft book with a difference! As well as bulging with craft ideas to inspire your creativity at Messy Church, it is also a journal to scribble in, doodle on and generally make your own.

A handbook for Messy Church catering teams by Jane Butcher. Messy Cooks is a handbook for everyone involved in Messy Church catering teams! As well as being a useful treasure store of practical and easy-to-prepare recipes for all your Messy Church events, it also provides tips on quantities, basic cooking skills, essential equipment and ideas for relating food to a Bible story, theme or festival.

Antony Worrall Thompson is very supportive of Messy Church and has kindly provided this set of recipes he thinks might be suitable either for Messy Church or to encourage families to cook and eat together: enjoy!

At teatime at Messy Church today we put out a scribble sheet on each table with a pencil. Here are the two questions and the answers. I wonder what you would conclude from the answers?

Paul (husband) was reading up on the Early Church and found this wonderful quote about Christians from the last pagan Emperor Julian (361-363) to encourage your cooks' teams that they are in a long line of missionary bakers:

'These impious Galileans not only feed their own poor, but ours also; welcoming them into their agapae, they attract them, as children are attracted, with cakes.'

As food is dear to the Messy heart, here's a great idea to get families eating together in your area: The Big Lunch!

You plant food this month with the aim of eating it together at a big lunch party next month on 19 July. (Personally I may have a cucumber ripe but otherwise we'll be eating nothing but stunted basil and the odd nasturtium. Tempting, I know.)

It's always a problem that we lose touch with everyone over the summer so we fixed up a low-organisation event in the garden - campfire and toasting anything possible to affix to a stick.

Despite forgetting to write up a 16 page risk assessment beforehand, miraculously no-one got hurt. Not many turned up - three families plus us, but actually that was great because we actually had time to chat to everyone instead of being swamped.

No-one dead of food poisoning yet - always a plus.

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