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All Hallows Eve, (MESSY CHURCH), 31st October

ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (MESSY CHURCH) Wednesday 31st October - St. Ippolyts Church - 4.30pm. - 6.00pm. Trick or treat? Whether we like it or not, Halloween celebrations are fast becoming a major event in our towns and villages. Children and adults try to outdo one another with ever more imaginative (and often scary) costumes and on the 31st October our streets are swarming with ghouls and ghosties, alongside many a zombie. As Christians, it can leave us with many conflicting thoughts and feelings. Do we hide behind the sofa and pretend we’re out when the trick or treaters knock? Or do we reluctantly hand out the obligatory chocolate bar and hope the vicar doesn’t find out! Do we point blank refuse to have anything to do with Halloween or do we see it as harmless fun? Whatever our views, ignoring it won’t make it go away. This year, St. Ippolyts Church will be hosting a Messy Church event for Halloween. We believe in a God whose light and love can overcome any darkness and that’s what we want to celebrate on Halloween. It will be a chance for everyone to come along and find out a bit more about the origins of Halloween. There will be crafts, games, stories and food! Come along and try your hand at pumpkin carving. Show us your apple bobbing skills or wow us with your costumes. The crafts and games will be aimed at primary aged children but all are welcome - trick or treaters too! Look out for posters nearer the time. With love - Reverend Ginni
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