In the Parish of Kāpiti, Messy Church is providing a vehicle for teenagers to grow in their connection with God and their expression of devotion and hospitality.
The transformative power of God is definitely in their midst, says Carrole Lewis, Messy Church co-ordinator for the parish. She says the Messy Church group consists of about 40 people ranging in age from babies to the elderly, and of that group, over a quarter are teenage or pre-teen people who are actively involved in being family and in discipling others.
Some of them attended the Messy Church retreat in February, and one young girl shared with Carrole how this and other experiences have played a big part in transforming how she connects with God, by experiencing opportunities to be still and reflect.
“At our planning meeting for Easter Messy Church, she shared with such enthusiasm her idea of creating a tomb, using puppet theatre, in which we could place the cloths that Jesus was wrapped in, and have people write prayers on them,” says Carrole. “She brought three of her friends with her and together, they took responsibility for this project.”
Carrole offered the young girl an opportunity to lead the prayer response time, and she observed as the girl led with such “grace, truth and openness.” She continues: “The most powerful moment for me was when I saw this young person unashamedly standing up before her friends, and strangers, and praising God, giving thanks for the Easter story and everything He does in her and our lives.”