Eat, Pray, Play: a different way for children to ‘do’ church

Cumberland United using an international approach to engaging youth

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Are your children too young to sit through a traditional church service? Maybe you want to be with other spiritual seekers but Sunday mornings just don’t work for you. Do you dislike the rituals and environment of a regular church service but miss having the connections a church family gives? Perhaps you just want to have an evening of fun, food and fellowship.

Whatever your reasons we want you to come out to our first Eat, Pray, Play gathering to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Cumberland United Church on the corner of First and Penrith in Cumberland. Bring the kids, the grandparents, the friends. Everyone is welcome.

The activities and intention of Eat, Pray, Play are based on the Messy Church phenomenon which was started in the UK and is quickly spreading across the world. Messy Church values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

Starting at 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon, there will be a short time to make a craft, learn some songs and experiment with astronomy. You can take part in one, two or all three activities. This “play” time will be followed by a short time of prayer, praise and reflection on Jesus who brought great light to the world. Finally, we will all get to eat a vegetarian and gluten-free spaghetti supper together.

There is no charge for the evening. Reservations are encouraged but not required. FMI call Mary Lou at 250-336-8656 or the church phone at 250-400-7800.

 

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