Yes, it might literally be a little untidy at times, but that’s what creativity is about, isn’t it?
St Petri’s Messy Church community at Nuriootpa in South Australia was established in April 2016. The Messy Church provides a Christ-centred celebration, which is aimed at all ages, and values hospitality and creativity.
Held on Friday afternoons, COVID-19 permitting, congregation members and visitors are greeted with a wide selection of creative-themed activities for people to enjoy with their family, with all activities leading to a 15-minute celebration and a light sit-down meal.
In 2019, St Petri received a $25,000 LLL Mission Stimulus Grant to support its vision of reaching people and discipling for Jesus. The grant supported St Petri to employ part-time Messy Church Facilitator Beth Hein, enabling its leadership team to focus on discipleship initiatives.
This year St Petri’s Messy Church volunteer team has been exploring discipleship and what that looks like in its community. This has included team gatherings, guest speakers, zoom discipleship sessions and words of encouragement to share the message that everyone has a special part in being the hands and feet of Jesus to others.
Since COVID-19 interrupted the outreach undertaken by the St Petri Messy Church, it has been on a diverse pathway in sharing God’s love. The congregation and visitors have celebrated through Messy Church gatherings, online messages and ‘Messy Church in a Bag’.
Planning in a COVID-safe way has allowed Messy Church to simplify its offerings and become more focussed in sharing the love and hope of Jesus. We look forward to sharing more experiences with the community once life returns to a new normal, and we thank the LLL for its support.
Child, Youth and Family Ministry Director
St Petri Lutheran Church
Feature photo: Left, Sharon Green (St Petri Child Youth and Family Ministry Director) Right, Bethany Hein (St Petri Messy Church Facilitator) Above: Left, Hannah Hampel. Right, Fiona Hampel.
The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple to operate, with a variable interest rate and no fees or charges. The LLL has a variety of savings accounts: personal and joint accounts; guardian accounts for children; and business accounts, including for self-managed super funds and not-for-profit organisations.
As an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI), the LLL is regulated under the Banking Act and by APRA.