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)
One of our Compass members aged 9 reports on what we did at Compass tonight:
“Tonight at Compass we played loads of different games with James McKnight who is a coach and an instructor. It was really fun and I was really tired after it. We played games like Port and Starboard, Parachute games, races and Corners. We did animal relay games. I was a lion, that’s my favourite animal. I was out of breath and had to have a drink and loads of biscuits!
We also made big birds that are going to peck people on Sunday when we do a drama about the farmer who sows the seeds. This Sunday at church we are having an event called ‘Souper Sunday’. We are going to be raising money for organisations that do work to help people who have HIV. We will be eating soup and chocolatey things. If you can make it, please come at 11.15 am and watch out for the pecking birds!!”
Last week at Compass we did the 46 day season of Lent in a flurry and record time of 1 hr and 15 mins. ( Well 55 mins if you take away the games and snack.)
It was Shrove Tuesday, so good place to start.
Susan and Lucy made brilliant pancakes with the young people – congratulations to Kristie for winning the Ultimate Pancake Flipper medal!
In this session we learned that Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts. That Lent is often a time of giving things up and fasting – so Shrove Tuesday is a day to use up foods and indulge yourself…..we managed that bit just fine. Fried batter with chocolate, cream, sugar, lemon. Definitely sweetens the difficult bits of Lent. But then we learned about Ash Wednesday. The start of Lent. Definitely not so much fun! We learned that Ash Wednesday is a day to take a long good hard look at yourself. Yeeeeeeeeeeesssshhhh! Not ever pleasant! Some churches burn the palm fronds from last years palm Sunday and put little ash crosses on their foreheads to remind them to say sorry to God and think about their lives. So we got some burned ashes (from my shopping lists not actual palms) and marked wee crosses on a big paper cross. The ashes smelt terrible which brought forth many exclamations of ‘yuk’ and ‘that’s disgusting’ while we talked about what Ash Wednesday means, which detracted from the somber occasion somewhat – but we got the point….
(Thank you to the brilliant Flame Creative website for this brilliant idea)
We talked about Lent being a time when we think about the events leading up to and including Jesus’ death on the cross. That Lent is a time when Christians reflect and prepare before the celebrations of Easter.
Finally we made these crosses with my favourite thing -liquid watercolours (very very messy – sorry Heather!)- and we wrote the words Love and Hope on them to remind us that at the end of Lent there is Love and Hope and Joy because of what Jesus did.
We would recommend that everyone else sticks to the 46 days….it was a little rushed. Thanks to Compass staff and young leaders for all their help.
Download the poster here Nativity Love 2015