This year we are having two Messy Easter events like the popular Messy Advent event. The first will start at 3pm in Luncarty Church Centre on Sunday 12th March and the next one in Bankfoot Church Centre on 19th March, both finish at 5pm with a family tea.
As part of the run up to Easter we wanted to understand what Passover and the Last Supper was all about. The Passover meal is a big deal and one of the most important events in the Jewish calendar because it remembers when the children of Israel were freed from slavery and led out of Egypt by Moses over 3000 years ago. We also wanted to learn about what Jesus did at the Passover meal he had in Jerusalem with his disciples. We figured that the best way to do this was to prepare our own passover meal and run through what Jesus and the disciples did during their passover meal.
In our preparations we decided that for a special meal we should have a special tablecloth. Whilst we made this we talked about how God’s Love was with the Israelites all that time ago, then He sent Jesus and His love is with us now and always – so we felt that Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His Love endures forever!” was pretty perfect for our table cloth.
For the meal itself we headed to the kitchen and made some delicious flatbreads. (Recipe: https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/flatbreads.) We prepared some lemons, parsley and salt water, some lamb koftas (from M&S) and some honey.
Then we jumped back 2000 years to when Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with the disciples in Jerusalem. So we did what they might have done. We brought a beautiful table cloth, cups and plates and set the table. We brought lemons and the bitter herbs for dipping into salt water that was to remind the Israelites of their sadness at being slaves. We brought the Lamb that represents how God protected them from a terrible disease. We brought the flat breads that reminds us of how the Israelites left Egypt so quickly there was no time for the bread to rise. Finally, the honey that represents the joy of the Israelites reaching the promised land. So we tasted the bitter herbs and pulled sour faces when we ate the lemons and really enjoyed our flatbreads, lamb and honey. After we chatted for a while we learned what Jesus did on that night when he broke the bread and drank the wine and said that this was his body broken for us and his blood poured out for us. So we did what he told us to do – we remembered what he did for us by breaking our bread and drinking our wine (grape juice) and we said thank you for the cross.
In the end it really was a special meal!
Thank you to the Messy church resources that used to help us put our passover meal together. ( Messy church Magazine Jan- April 2016)
Last Tuesday at Rascals we had a mad run through of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent! It was all going on. There were screams from the kitchen during our pancake flipping competition – especially when they hit the floor…chocolate sauce and sqooshie cream, messy paints going everywhere and then there was the burnt ashes during our Ash Wednesday prayers. We were a bit of a mess by the end of it. But we learned all about the Lent Season!
We started with gorgeous singing led by Fiona- my favourite song is currently the ‘Bring It all To Me’ one by Fischy Music: Bring it all to me “You Can Bring Me Anything, You Can Bring me Everything, Just Bring it All ,Bring it All to me.” I think that sums up quite a bit about what we learned about Lent. That you can bring anything to God – the good, the bad, the ugly, the worries, the hopes….everything. We did the fun bit of course!
(that is supposed to have ‘Rascals’ written on it….but the cream melted with the chocolate….)
And well done to Lewis for being awarded the “Ultimate Pancake Flipper Award!”But we also did the serious part of Lent. We learned that Lent is a time when we reflect about our lives, take a good look at ourselves, bring it all to God and say sorry for the things that we are not too proud of. Always a hard thing to do! So we had our own mini Ash Wednesday prayers and marked a wee cross of ash on a cross. (Ash made from some of my old scrap paper, not palm fronds…we will save some from this year)We learned that during Lent we also think about the events running up to when Jesus died on the cross. Then we finished up with the happy bit. We used watercolour paints to make these crosses and wrote Love, Hope and Joy on them to remind us that at the end of Lent there is Love and Hope and Joy because of what Jesus did! So that was Rascals and our Lent run through in 1 hour and 15 mins! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers how work so hard to make rascals so much fun.