Ghent UMC updated 12-11-2018

Messy Church Volunteer Sign-up: December 16, 2018

Join us for Messy Church on December 16th at 4:30 pm!

This month's theme is "God So Loved the World," and is based on the following scripture passage:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." ~John 3:16-17 (NRSV)

In addition to lots of great activities and music based on our theme, we will have a visit from Santa and one of his elves, so be sure to come dressed in your holiday best--or tackiest--for memorable photos!

Messy Church is so named because life is messy, and God meets us wherever we are in the chaos; and because the model is interactive, using hands-on activities to reinforce a monthly biblical theme.

And Messy Church isn’t just for kids—it’s for EVERYONE! Created to be a multi-generational experience for the whole family, Messy Church allows us to celebrate God in a fresh, new way. 

Each month we'll focus on a basic biblical theme in a variety of interactive ways. Families will gather in a relaxed and comfortable setting to explore their faith through engaging games, crafts, and activities, then celebrate together through music, prayer, and retelling of a Bible story in a fully participatory setting. They'll round out your experience with a family style dinner and go home with new ideas to connect with their families and with God. 

To watch a two-minute video on Messy Church, visit

In order to make this happen, we need VOLUNTEERS! There will be several teams, as listed below, and volunteers will be needed to serve on each.

  • Celebration Team
  • Welcome Team
  • Activities Team
  • Kitchen Team  

Please continue on for more detailed job descriptions.

For more information about Messy Church at Ghent United Methodist Church, call 757-622-2843 or email [email protected]

Date: 12/16/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 3:15pm - 6:30pm EST

Location: Ghent UMC Basement

Created by:   Lisa King
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Available Slot

Set up for Messy Church (6)

(immediately following worship) set up tables, chairs, craft & activities, food prep. & celebration areas

1 of 6 slots filled
Jonathan Tanner

Celebration Team Leaders (2)


Celebration Team Members (2)

ability to play musical instrument helpful, set up/clean up

1 of 2 slots filled
Brian King
Brian on guitar; possibly Geneva also

Discipleship Leader


Activities Team Leader


Activities Team Members (3)

Staff activities & crafts; set up and clean up

1 of 3 slots filled
Lisa King
A King or two or three

Kitchen Team Leader

Plans meals, coordinates shopping for food and/or provision of food/prepared meals by volunteers.

Lynn Tiedge

Kitchen Team Members (3)

Help prepare and serve meals, set up/clean up.

All slots filled
Lynn Tiedge (3)
Bill and Matthew; Peter Griffin

Welcome Team Leader

Coordinate registration process and liaison with Discipleship Leader to ensure follow-up with all attendees; generally socialize and help out


Welcome Team Members (2)

Run and staff registration table, then generally socialize and help out

All slots filled
Fran O'Connell
Welcome and register people
Hope Davis

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