Making a mess in the Mercat!

Having fun at last year's event
Having fun at last year's event

Families from in and around the Kirkcaldy area are invited to join in the fun at a special event in the Mercat on Saturday, April 19.

A number of Kirkcaldy churches are once again working together to provide ‘Messy Church’ in the shopping centre.

The first Messy Church event held in the community space, next to TK Maxx, last summer proved a huge success and now organisers are doing it all over again this Easter.

There will be a whole host of free activities happening during the drop-in event, which runs from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and a programme featuring craft and stories celebrating the Easter story is planned.

The activities are designed for everyone, with something for all ages in the family.

Steve Crosthwaite, Pastor at Newcraigs Evangelical Church and one of the event’s organisers, said: “It is designed for you to come in for as little or as long as you like and just join in, get involved, make stuff, get messy and listen to an interactive story of Easter.

“There will also be balloon modelling, face painting and refreshments for mums and dads, and everything is free.”

Messy Church is a ‘way of being’ church for families involving fun.

Its core values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

He continued: “The last event we ran in August was a great success with over 200 hundred people coming along.

“People perhaps like you who would never think of going to church but found something here that they could connect with.

“We are very excited to be running the event again.”

Messy Church takes place at a number of local churches throughout the year, but on April 19 a number of people from church congregations across the town are coming together to organise the event and bring the Messy Church experience to the wider community.

Among them are volunteers from Newcraigs Evangelical Church, Connect Church, the Salvation Army and Pathhead Parish Church.

Steve added: “For us it’s a great way for churches to work together and tell the incredible Easter story.

“I know from telling stories in local schools that kids love stories and I think the Easter story is the best there is.”

The event is entirely free and people of all ages are welcome to attend for as long as they like.