Children leave their mark on church at messy event

Eleven-year-old Isobelle Green, left, and Talulla Green, five, prepare messages for the prayer tree during the Messy Church event on Good Friday

Eleven-year-old Isobelle Green, left, and Talulla Green, five, prepare messages for the prayer tree during the Messy Church event on Good Friday

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CHILDREN left their mark on a church during an Easter themed activity day.

The “Messy Church” event at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, on Good Friday saw youngsters dip their feet in paint before treading along a sheet of paper as they walked the way of the cross.

There was an interactive storytelling session showing children how the events of Holy Week unfolded.

They also made cards and paper hands to place on a prayer tree and a cross at the church.

One of the most popular activities was making chocolate nests.

Children also attempted to balance a book on their head while walking.

The event did not just focus on the Christian celebrations at Easter.

Youngsters learned about the Jewish festival of Passover and prepared special plates for the Sader meal.

A trained therapist also attended the event to offer hand massages.

Rev Nancy White said it had been a good day and the children all seemed to enjoy themselves.

“We are hoping this will run every four months,” she said.

“We are planning to do an Olympic one next time.”