A Story from Crystal Goetz, Regional Coordinator in Washington
I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and send you peace from Auburn, Washington.
It was suggested that I write up a little blurb and send you the sweet story of a family that uses our online Messy Church to see each other. I hope you enjoy this touching story.
For over a year, a grandmother, Jimmie, has been bringing her grandsons to Messy Church..It’s has been their time, once a month to spend some quality time learning about Jesus together. Then…COVID-19 hit and Jimmie had to be quarantined away from them because she has some very dangerous risk factors and her daughter, the mother of the two boys is a public school speech therapist and at the time had direct daily exposure to people, preventing Jimmie from being with the family.
When Messy Church online started, she was thrilled. This was the first opportunity she had to see her grandsons for weeks. She specifically learned to use Zoom so that she could be a part of our online Messy Church. The boys log on with their Mom and Jimmie logs on from her home and guess what? They are a family again! It’s a beautiful thing to watch how joyful this family is together in the presence of Jesus.
I just thought I would share with you this happy story of what continuing to meet at Messy Church, albeit online, can do for those in our Messy Churches.
Crystal is the Children and Youth Director at Auburn First United Methodist Church in Auburn, Washington. She led a team in starting a Messy Church three years ago and is our Regional Coordinator of Washington. You can connect with her at Crystal@messychurchusa.org.