Ballintoy Rectory on the north coast, with its breath-taking scenery, was the perfect setting for a Muddy Church trail which celebrated the God of creation!
Organised by All Aboard – Connor Children’s Ministry and the grouped Parishes of Ballintoy and Dunseverick, the diocesan Muddy Church event took place on September 26.
A team of volunteers from Ballintoy and Dunseverick worked hard alongside the Rev Patrick Barton and Connor Children’s Ministry Development Officer Victoria Jackson in the run up to the event, planning and promoting!
Throughout the rectory grounds and walled garden, various stations were set up where families could reflect on questions about creation and enjoy activities which helped them to explore these questions further.
Families had the opportunity to take part in various craft activities, pond fishing, and touch and smell of vegetables and plants. There was also a petting farm and a puppet show!
Volunteers from Ballintoy and Dunseverick manned the car park and were on hand at each of the stations to guide families through the activities. More than 60 people attended, some from the local area and others who had travelled from as far away as Belfast.
On arrival, everyone received a goody bag which included an all-important ticket for a free ice-cream on the completion of the trail!
Victoria said: “The atmosphere was fantastic, with families being delighted to connect with one another and for some to be at a church event for the first time since March 2020.
“The weather forecast for the afternoon was very ominous and the marquees we tried to erect were doing their very best to make their way into the sea with the strong winds, but we were so thankful that the afternoon stayed dry just long enough for everyone to enjoy each of the activities!”
Victoria expressed a huge thank you to the Muddy Church and The Children’s Ministry Network for providing the resources for the event and to Ballintoy and Dunseverick Parishes for hosting. “A special thank you to all of the families who came along and made the day so special,” she added.