A CRACKING day was had by dozens of kids in Renfrew as they enjoyed a messy church session with an Easter twist.

The monthly arts and crafts event at Renfrew Trinity Church, in Paisley Road, was Easter-themed at the weekend and youngsters enjoyed hearing the classic Bible story and making lots of ‘egg-citing’ creations.

Around 40 children attended the event and made Easter baskets and cards, as well as decorating biscuits and Easter egg banks, before enjoying a tasty hot lunch.

Marion Forbes, who chairs Messy Church with her sister Katie Turner, said: “We had a variety of different people come along on Saturday, not just church members.

“Messy Church is very informal and it’s all about giving children an insight into Christianity and the Bible.

“We always have a story at the start, so this week it was Easter, with everyone sitting on cushions and listening.

“Then we have eight craft tables set out, all with different things to have a go at.

“It’s good-quality crafts as well and children can take away what they’ve made in their craft bag.

“It was a really nice event. We have lots of regulars coming along and we really enjoy the fellowship.

“The kids just absolutely love playing with glitter and glue and paint.

“After that, they got to run around outside and enjoy an Easter egg hunt before lunch.”

Messy Church is part of the church’s outreach programme and takes place on the last Saturday of every month, with the exception of June, July and December.

The free event is aimed at children under 16, mostly ones who have little or no contact with the church and simply want to learn about Christianity.

Children can go along accompanied by an adult and enjoy fun activities from 11am, which include singing and prayers as well as crafts, games and stories.

To find out more about Messy Church, visit www.renfrewtrinity.org/messy-church or visit the church’s Facebook page.

People are always advised to arrive early as the sessions usually get busy.