In a famous bible story, a large crowd that Jesus was teaching became hungry, and a young boy offered five loaves and two fish. That meagre offering managed to feed 5,000 people – with leftovers to spare.

For several years, the Anglican community of the Laurentians have recreated much the same ‘miracle’ at their yearly summer picnic, open to all and well-enjoyed by many. On August 11, 2018 at 11am, the Anglican and United churches will jointly sponsor the yearly picnic in the form a ‘Messy Church’ gathering.

“Messy Church is an alternate way of worshipping,” says Reverend Joëlle Leduc leader of the United Church congregations of the Laurentians. “We play games, sing songs, and eat together, this time focused on the abundance of God. ”

The ‘Messy Church Picnic’ is open to the public.  “People of all ages really appreciate a different way to discover God through shared activities and a ‘messy’ communion in the Christian tradition,” says Josée Lemoine, priest of the Laurentian anglican ministry. “We like to call it fun and food in the presence of God.”

The ‘Messy Church Picnic’ will be held at the Harrington Valley Community Center, located at 420, chemin Harrington, on August 11 from 11am to 1:30pm, rain or shine. Free hot dogs, ice cream and drinks.  Feel free to bring your own picnic to supplement what is offered.  For more information, please contact Joëlle Leduc at 514-432-9368 or by email at [email protected].