We held a Family Light party on 31st October as an alternative to Halloween. There were no ghouls or ghosties but there were still traditional games like apple bobbing as well as craft and refreshments.
Our fabulous Family Fun Day returned on Saturday, September 27 when, once again, we put the emphasis on FUN-raising rather than fund-raising, with a whole host of attractions including a bouncy castle, a birds of prey display, and live music.
There were lots of games and sideshows, many of which were free, plus refreshments throughout the day ranging from morning teas and coffees, to lunchtime snacks and afternoon cream teas.
There was a harvest theme running throughout much of the day which set us up nicely for our Harvest Festival at 10am on Sunday, September 28 when once again we accepted donations of non-perishable items for the North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank.
Familes from Messy Church opened their homes to Mary and Joseph during Advent, as part of the Latin American tradition "La fiesta de las Posadas". Figures of Mary and Joseph, accompanied by a guardian angel, were passed from family to family until returning to take their place in the nativity scene at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. A "posada" pack went with the figures, encouraging host families to think about "the real reason for the season" while enjoying books, puzzles, craft activities and baking.