Messy Church, you would not think it, would you? Two words in the English Dictionary that could not be more mismatched. However, the thing is they do not have to be mismatched if people just use their imagination.
So that is why once every two months, Holy Trinity hosts a Messy Church session where I myself have been an on and off helper since 2010. I put it that way because after contributing for the first time at Christmas 2010, I spent most of 2011 and 2012 living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Therefore, I could only attend whenever I came to Stevenage and Messy Church happened to take place. Now that I am back in Stevenage full-time, I have regularly attended and why? Because I really enjoy Messy Church, not only that but it is also a great opportunity for people from the general area to meet each other and put their heads together even if they do not attend Holy Trinity or indeed Church in general.
I also really enjoy contributing to these events because not only does it give me something to do but it also makes me feel like I am doing something useful for the community and for my fellow Church-goers. It also enables me not to feel so shy around children although some of them can be quite shy themselves but then so can we all every now and again. This year, I have helped to make the giant Chris-tingle and I have recently focused on food preparation, making Easter nests and flame-themed biscuits.
It is safe to say I am now part of the team and I intend to continue as long as these events take place. In conclusion, many thanks to the Messy Church team for including me; let us keep up the good work.
(My fellow residents of Stevenage can also see this article in this month’s issue of the Holy Trinity Church Parish Magazine)
Tonight, I made some meatballs entirely from scratch with my friend Ralph. We got some beef mince, some garlic and onions and some rosemary. We chopped up the garlic and onions and then mixed them all in with the mince using our hands which was a rather icky experience if you ask me! We also sprinkled some rosemary on top of the mixture and mixed that in. We then seperated the mixture into ball shapes and bunged them into a frying pan with olive oil in it. Whilst frying up the meatballs, we took a jar of Dolmio Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms and poured the entire contents into the frying pan. At the same time, we boiled up some spaghetti in a saucepan (although Ralph prefers to call it a pot) full of boiling water that we had boiled using the kettle. We then bunged the boiled up spaghetti in with the meatballs and the sauce and then mixed it all together and then used that as an opportunity to serve up. I was thoroughly impressed with the spaghetti and home-made meatballs, although I think we over did it with the rosemary just a little bit. I have previously attempted this recipe with Paul and with Ralph, albeit with tagliatelle instead of spaghetti but you can use any type of pasta and I am quite certain that I will do that if I were to attempt this recipe again.
On January 29th 2012, I made some mushroom soup completely from scratch with only some mushrooms, butter, chicken stock and a garlic clove. I chopped up the mushrooms and the garlic and boiled them up in a pan then melted in the butter and chicken stock and mixed them up all together and then I put the mixture into my new blender which was quite temperamental but reliable. The soup was rather hot but very lovely and I will definitely try making something like that again.