MESSY Church has spread to Duncton.
And the group have been celebrating the story of St David, making a large cross using mosaics.
The children decorated dragon biscuits made by Serena Danby, and painted clay doves.
“We taught the story of St David followed by singing and a prayer and then sat down and enjoyed leek and potato soup,” said one of the leaders, Helen Clifford.
“It started in Portsmouth in 2004 and has since spread throughout the world, having members as far away as Australia in the southern hemisphere and Denmark in the north.
“Last year Jackie Smith, Helen Brown and myself considered starting a Messy Church in Duncton and a group of us, including our rector and Helen Martin, headteacher from Duncton School, met Irene Smale from Chichester Diocese who lent us resources and gave us ideas.”
Following this meeting, Helen Brown and Helen Clifford visited Midhurst Parish Church’s Messy Church.
“We were impressed by the wide range of ages who were present helping and enjoying the craft and worship. This gave us the impetus to start our Messy Church last May in Duncton village hall.
“Our aim is to reach out to the families of Petworth as well as Duncton, Tillington and Graffham. Messy Church is a fun way of meeting together with friends and family.
“Our next Messy Church is on June 28 and we would welcome families to come along and get messy!”