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Messy Church for people with SEN

- 11 Apr 2011

Trish Hahn emailed about a new variety of Messy Church. Do email us if you'd like to be put in touch with her:

'Just to let you know that we at Adeyfield Free Church in Hemel Hempstead, Herts, had our first Messy Church for kids with special educational needs/disabilities on 9 October. I had advertised in 4 special needs schools and we had 10 children - 4 in chairs including my daughter, 3 on the autistic spectrum, 2 with Downs Syndrome and 1 with fused neck/spine but able bodied, and 9 parents/carers and 4 siblings.

'Activities included; pasta play, playdough, painting, junk modelling, soft play/sensory area, quiet room, lively kids worship with instruments, short story and talk, and not forgetting sweet and savoury FOOD. The feedback so far from parents and carers has been encouraging and most have expressed an interest in returning on 13 Nov for our second Messy Church session.

'I have been busy planning and pulling the volunteers together for 13 Nov (theme is LIGHT) to include: bag books with lady from library, marble painting/chalks/fireworks pictures, candle painting, paper lanterns & tissue paper, pasta play, junk modelling soft play/sensory area. Again plan to have lively kids worship songs (me jumping about at the front singing badly) with instruments, short story from bag books and talk, with more food afterwards for fellowship time.

'God was very much with us - the word was that his favour was upon us and the children too - and the atmosphere was calm, peaceful and relaxed. Will advertise again to the SEN schools to remind parents/carers that we are running Messy Church on 13 Nov.'