This Saturday 25th January has Messy Church looking into the background of Samson, the longed-for baby boy born to parents who loved God. As a sign of their obedience and thanks for his birth, his parents never cut his hair. As Samson grew up he became renowned for his strength – however, as can be the case in our own lives, with a notable gift or talent can become an air of pride, arrogance and “showing-off”. Such was the case for Samson; it so irked his enemies the Philistines that they sought to take advantage when he fell in love with Delilah, herself a Philistine beauty.
Delilah was paid a huge sum of money by the Philistine leaders to find out how this Samson who caused them so much trouble
Delilah was paid a huge sum of money by the Philistine leaders to find out how this Samson who caused them so much trouble, slaying their armies single-handedly, could be so incredibly strong. After pecking away at Samson relentlessly for the answer to their question, in a moment of human weakness Samson gave in and told Delilah, “My hair has never been cut. This shows I belong to God. It is God who makes me strong. If you cut my hair off I’ll be just as weak as any other man.”
In an act of utter betrayal to Samson, as he slept that night Delilah cut off his long hair and when he awoke he was powerless to defend himself. He was imprisoned, blinded and ridiculed, the strong become weak. But our God is one who has always been faithful to his people, no matter what a mess we make. As Samson was chained-up at the temple like a performing bear as the Philistines celebrated a feast-day, he called on God one last time to restore his strength. His prayer was answered and as he pulled on his chains the whole temple crashed down, killing all of the Philistine leaders, along with Samson.
It’s an interesting story, the rise and fall of life not unlike our own messy lives in many cases; but God is good, He hears our cry, he knows our weakness, and He restores us. Remember, Jesus the Son of God was born into such a mess as this – He understands.
If you want to join us at this or any future Messy Church, you are welcome whether you have young family or not. It’s about meeting as God’s family, not only as earthly family. The craft can be done by children or adults alike, just at a different level – on Saturday we’ll be making headbands with long Samson hair, and jelly baby Samson figures; however we’ll also be making prayer mirrors and fridge magnets. Likewise the worship takes a form which is very easy to understand but if you want to go deeper it’s all there and scripturally based so you can look it up yourself in a Bible afterwards. And even better, there’s time to chat with fellow Messy Churchers over a meal. We’re all on a journey of discipleship, it’s just that some of us set off a little bit sooner.
Come and see for yourself, the last Saturday of each month 3.45 – 6pm in the Community Hall at Gresley Church.
If you want to register, or chat about Messy Church at Gresley, call Wendy on 07738 428634.