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December 2018

This was another successful Messy Christmas held on Christmas Eve in Gartmore Village Hall, followed by a carol service ice in Gartmore Church. There was a variety of crafts and a quiet corner, followed by the tale of the Nativity. As always, there was then Christmas Party food, followed by games. Those who wished then paraded down to Gartmore Church for a great carol service.


November 2017

Following on from Messy Harvest in October, we had Messy Family Tree in November, where we learnt about the Jesse Tree and created Jesse Tree decorations. As usual, this was followed by story telling. For our shared meal, there was more fun to be had, decorating gingerbread figures, with do-it-yourself sandwiches and some fun singing.

August 2017

August saw our second Messy Picnic at the wonderful location of Kinlochard. It was another successful and enjoyable event with an introduction from Rev. Elaine MacRae, followed by crafts in the Village Hall while all age games took place by the shores of Loch Ard. Everyone then relaxed with burgers and salad before a story from Rev. Ellen Larson Davidson and a sing song.



April 2017

Messy Church continues to spread fun and happiness every time we meet. After our Mardi Gras celebration in February, we continued the celebrations with Messy Easter. There was an Easter egg hunt followed by various crafts including decorating Easter bonnets and painting eggs. There was a parade of bonnets into the Church for the story of Breakfast on the Beach; after which everyone joined in their own picnic by the beach, with a good sing song!


August 2016



Messy Church took a great leap forward when the local churches all grouped together to organise the Messy Picnic.  

At least 50 people from a number of churches travelled to Kinlochard. After a welcome from Rev Ellen Larson Davidson, there were a variety of games to keep young ones and not so young occupied. As the sun tried to make an appearance, most people gathered on the green by the Loch for the games, with rounders proving popular. There was also stone painting, face painting and bubble blowing among the activities, while people were free to sit and relax and talk if they preferred.

After some free time, there was a barbecue with burgers and square sausages. These made a great supplement for everyone’s picnics.  While everyone was seated with their food, The Rev. Terry Taylor entertained with story telling. This was followed by a good old sing song with guitar and actions! To finish up, every child who attended received a medal before the formal closing.

Everyone had a great afternoon. A big thanks to all those who helped make the afternoon go so well.

March 2016

Nice weather and a theme of Palm Sunday made for a great event. There were activities about the celebration with flower arranging, donkey making and a large frieze of palms (made with human palm prints!). This was interspersed with song singing and story telling. This was followed by our community meal with "do-it-yourself" Palm Sunday biscuits (digestive biscuits coated with icing sugar and 100's and 1000's). The frieze was then used to decorate the Church for Easter Sunday.

February 2016

Our first Messy Church during lent provided a great opportunity with a theme of journeys through the desert. With pancake making in the kitchen, tent and desert scene making in the Session House and musical instrument making in the Church, everyone was busy having fun. Then most people went into the Church for a relaxed storytelling about the desert and its relation to lent followed by a less relaxed sing-song. Meanwhile the Session House was transformed into a desert camp with tent ready for everyone to come and eat the pancakes.

December 2015

Only 5 days before Christmas a number of people from the village, both young and old, met for our second Messy Church event. Although there were only 4 children able to attend this time with all the pre-Christmas parties, etc. happening, this was more than compensated for by a number of young at heart members of the congregation attending. We had craft activities making stars and melted snowmen. Murrin patiently showed 'young' John and Donald how to make the snowmen (as can be seen below). There was also mince pie making with Margaret. At 3 p.m. a group went into the Church for story telling by the Christmas tree with Murrin, while tea was set up. Then everyone re-convened in the Session room for tea and cakes, together with a short video on the star that guided the wise men, followed by song singing assisted by Mairi on the key-board.


November 2015

On a cold November afternoon in 2015, 20 children and a number of adults all came to Buchlyvie Church for their first Messy Church event.

A number of activities were on offer including baking, story telling, drawing, card making and a number of games. All attendees were free to join in any of the activities and move around from one to another at will.

After the activities, everyone gathered to try their own baking along with a juice while commenting on what they had liked and what they would like to do next time. Everyone, young and not so young had a great time, and were looking forward to the next event.

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