Building religion through arts and crafts

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Close to 200 residents gathered at Greenwood United Methodist Church for a different kind of worship service.

They wore jeans, T-shirts and tennis shoes. They were encouraged to get paint, glue and glitter on them. Shouting and laughing were not cause for reprimand but part of the celebration.

At the same time, they learned about the concept of giving of themselves to help others in need, as well as parts of the Christmas story they might not have had heard before.

The service was Messy Church. To reach those who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional religious setting, Greenwood United Methodist Church has started group meetings once per month.

Parents and their children gather on a Saturday afternoon, compete in games, complete crafts and share a meal. Biblical principles and stories are woven into the activities so that both adults and children learn about the foundation of Christian religion in an engaging way.

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