Messy Church at Hartside Primary School, Crook came together on Friday 19th May to hear and enact the story of Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones.
The story. God announced, through the Old Testament prophet Ezekial, that Israel, presently a “dead” divided and dispersed nation would be restored under the leadership of King David. God gave Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones as a sign that this restoration would come to pass. In a vision God directed the prophet to speak to the valley of bones. God would breathe into the bones and they would come to life. Ezekiel obeyed. The bones came together, flesh developed, skin covered the flesh, breath entered the bodies, and the bones stood up in a vast and noisy army. In a similar way God breathed life – his Holy Spirit – into the lives of the disciples at Pentecost, and the birth of the church came into being.
After Ezekiel’s story was told to the children by Wendy and Lesley served biscuits and juice the children made a variety of crafts in keeping with the story, including skeleton bones, pipe cleaner puppets, fruit people and skeleton sticks.
God’s breath was depicted by making coloured wind streamer funnels, windmills and helicopters.
The afternoon story was brought to a close by prayers and an energetic dancing song. Thankful and appreciative parents collected their children at the end of their school day. The next and final Crook Hartside School Messy Church of the summer term will be held on 16th June 2016.
Minister, St Andrew’s Dawson Street, Crook