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Messy Church brings faith and science together for kids

by Eno Adeogun

The new project called "Messy Church Does Science" encourages organisers to host experiments and explain the science behind accounts in the Bible.

The project's organiser, Rev Dr David Gregory, told Premier he wants to counter most people's opinion that science and faith don't mix.

Speaking during News Hour he said: "It's God's gift to us - to explore his creation.

"It's an aspect of the creativity - it's placed within us and we want to show that those things come together and actually can come together in bringing life to us and wonder and celebration and help us to understand something more about God."

 

More than 500,000 people attend the 3,735 registered Messy Church events around the world each month.

Rev Gregory, who leads a Messy Church Science Lab says experiments include rainbow making and looking at different colour flames that different chemicals produce.

He said his fascination for science led him away from Church and faith in his teens but "rediscovered faith as I started to engage with science in my late teens and early twenties".

After doing simple science experiments with a group of boys in his lab he decided to open it up to children of all ages when a six year old girl expressed her eagerness to join in when she is older.

The Messy Church site says it "is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour".

Listen to Rev Dr David Gregory, senior minister of Croxley Green Baptist Church, who leads a Messy Church Science Lab, speaking with Premier's Alex Williams:

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