Messy Church is coming to St. John's-Renfield. But what is it? Messy Church is happening across the world and is a way for families to get involved interactively in church in a fun and creative way. It's values are Christ-centred, brought to life through creativity, hospitality and celebration. Traditionally, Messy Church is held at an alternative time to a Sunday service so that those who may not be able to attend on a Sunday morning can get involved. Expect a warm welcome on arrival, an all-age interactive chat to introduce the Bible message, some awesome music, family crafts and messy play, and perhaps the most important part, all coming together in fellowship to share a meal.
Our first Messy Church will be Saturday, the 8th of December from 4:30-6:00pm. The focus will be the Christmas message, celebrating Jesus, the Light of the World! Crafts will centre around the Light, with a floral art project, candle holder and some truly messy games for the kids! We hope you will join us, whether you are part of the St. John's-Renfield family or a welcome visitor! We'd love to know ahead of time if you are planning to come, but if you haven't, don't let this stop you from coming along on the day. For further information, contact email@example.com or visit the St. John's-Renfield Messy Church Facebook page (sjrmessychurch.) Messy Church
The Pop In Café
New for 2017, the Pop-In Café is a monthly 'community café', held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2.00-3.30pm in the Large Hall. Tea, coffee and homebaking are available free, while proceeds from donations, a raffle and 'pound table' of unwanted gifts go to help Glasgow Night Shelter and babies in Yemen (UNICEF).
The relaxed and friendly café offers the opportunity to meet and chat with others from the local area, enjoy a cuppa before collecting children from school, or just catch up with friends. Everyone welcome, of all ages, including children.
In Spring we host a series of well supported events to raise funds for our organisations. These include coffee mornings run by the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Boys’ Brigade.
The church’s Spring Fair in May brings the local community into the church to buy plants, vegetables, jams and pickles, and paperback books to enjoy during the summer.
The Beacon Bonanza
, which traditionally takes place on the first Saturday morning in November, is our church’s biggest community event of the year, with hundreds of people – church members, friends, local residents - coming through our doors to enjoy morning coffee or a light lunch and browse the stalls.
Early Christmas shoppers can find bargains at the jewellery, bric-a-brac, books and soft goods stalls. Everyone can enjoy a winter treat from the home baking and cake and candy stalls and try their luck in the raffles.
With toys and face painting the little ones are able to join in the fun too.
The Toddlers group runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays (during school term) from 9.45am – 12.45pm and is for children from birth to 3 years old, and their parents or carers.
The group is held in the Large Hall and children have time to play with lots of different toys and equipment in a safe environment. Parents and carers have the chance to chat, relax or join in the fun. It is a good opportunity to meet and make new friends in the local area. The morning ends with songs and rhymes.
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We have a close and happy connection with Kelvindale Primary School. The staff and youngsters are made welcome in the church for their Christmas, Easter and year-end prizegiving services.