Messy Church

Christmas 2019

Christmas Messy Church: Saturday 14 December, 4 to 6 pm

Messy Church: Joseph and his brothers

If you were planning to build a nation, you would probably not start with a family that was as full of pride and jealousy as this one. Joseph, one of twelve brothers, was his father's favourite, and he made sure everybody knew it. He proudly wore the many-coloured coat his father gave him, and to make things worse, he told everyone about his dreams in which he saw all his brothers bowing down to him.

Yet God can use the most unlikely people, and one day Joseph and his dreams would save his family from a terrible famine... but he had to go through some dangerous and difficult adventures first.

Blowing paint bubbles

Blowing paint-filled bubbles

Putting paint bubbles on to paper
Drawing our dream pictures

The paint bubbles represent a dream: then we added something we might dream about

A completed dream picture
A completed dream picture

Some completed dream pictures: our "dreams" included a spider, the Wimbledon stadium and a Supergirl!

Paper cutouts of Joseph and some of his brothers

Joseph's father gave him his famous coat of many colours - which made his brothers jealous

Decorating a gingerbread man with a coloured coat
A decorated gingerbread man

Some edible, and very well decorated, "Josephs"

Making a pit out of card and a plastic cup
Joseph in the pit

Joseph's brothers hated him so much that they threw him into a pit in the desert and thought of killing him. Then they relented and sold him as a slave to some passing traders

Sticking a piece of coloured fabric on a wooden base

We used coloured fabric to make our own coat of many colours

Completing the decoration of our coat of many colours
The completed coat of many colours/patterns

Completing our coat of many colours... and trying it on

Rachel introduces the story of Joseph
Acting out the story

Rachel introduced the story, which was brilliantly acted out: here Joseph's father hears the news that Joseph has been killed by a wild animal. In reality Joseph was taken as a slave to Egypt, where many years later he would rescue the entire family from a great famine

Messy Church: Spring 2019

Dates for Messy Church 2019: 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 March, 13 April

We're starting 2019 by remembering that we are part of God's family - one that extends all over the world, but also goes a long way back in time. We're looking at the lives of Joseph, Moses and Joshua, who all had a role in God's plan to build a nation and people for himself.