This past Friday evening, May 12, a group of families and parishioners of several generations gathered in the Great Hall and our church for the last Messy Church of our first Messy season. I think it is safe to say, all things considered, that we are a better parish with our Messy Church as part of us.
It's a whole different way of experiencing church, and yet it is so much the same. We gather and pray, and sing, and laugh and share insights, and share a meal together. We also do crafts (which may be the most different thing). But it is for sure a place for kids and parents to learn and love faith together. And it is for sure a beautiful place for women and men of our congregation to volunteer.
I am tempted to write about the numbers that have attended our monthly Messy Church sessions over this first year, but I won't, because other things are much more important. Like the truth that we have together met Jesus and his mercy and his faithful love in a new way in these noisy, funny, and actually messy times.
I believe that families whose children are enrolled in Saint Anselm's Academy, even if another parish is their own, would just love Messy Church if they give it a try. I am going to be an evangelist speaking that message this summer and into the fall. So, as our presiding Bishop Michael Curry would say: All y'all consider joining us on the second Friday evening of every month at 6 pm, beginning in September. Life is messy. Let church be messy too. God is there in the middle of the mess.
Blessings, and thanks to our marvelous volunteers and all the families who got messy this year!
Father John McGinty
Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury