Camp by the seaside with Messy Church this Summer

The Messy Church Summer Camp will be held for the third time in WA this January, and registrations are already flying in as families and friends choose to take some time together in a Messy Church way.

It will be held from Friday 1 to Monday 18 January at the Uniting Church Campsite in Busselton, and campers are invited to attend as many or as few days they like during this time.

Undergirding all we do are the five core values of Messy Church: all ages (intergenerational), hospitality, creativity, Christ centred, and celebration. Households of any make up come with their tents, camper trailers or caravans. They bring and prepare their own food and we provide the facilities of the Uniting Church Campsite in Busselton and the chance to take and use any of the sporting equipment, creative craft supplies and more. The campsite has all the necessary facilities, including new accessible bathrooms and an airconditioned hall.

During the day some households choose to do their own thing, others find new friends or catch up with old friends and enjoy the beach, boating, fishing and swimming, or they go for bike rides or short drives to local attractions. Each evening we plan to either have a games evening, a shared meal – with COVID-19 safety in place – or watch a movie on the big screen outdoors.

Many Messy Church and traditional church households are finding that the Messy Church Summer Camp is a great and non-threatening way to bring unchurched, de-churched or questioning people to spend time together. We are planning to have a number of Messy Church celebrations during the three weekends and people are welcome to come and visit, but will need to register and provide their contact details so that we have them ready for COVID-19 tracing.

Thrive Mission Committee is also making funds available to assist any Messy Church families who would like to attend, but cannot afford the $12 per person per day fees. To apply contact revgregross@internode.on.net or phone 0417 637 944.

Greg Ross

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