June Messy Church
Messy Church: Who is God?
If you want to find out what an artist is like, you can learn something
by looking at what they have made. In the same way, the majesty, beauty and immensity
of the universe tell us something about the God who is behind it all.
At Messy Church we got creative ourselves in response to these words:
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
The skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Arif made this wonderful snail balloon...
and the person holding it is even more amazing
Making our own Earth
Making a decorated plaque...
...to hold a Bible verse
Star biscuits, with star decorations
The giant planet Jupiter has coloured bands around its globe
Colouring a picture of Saturn with its beautiful rings
A whole galaxy (low resolution version): the galaxy in which we live contains at least 100 billion stars
Messy Church: A new start
The story of the Ark is one of hope.
It reminds us that God wants life to flourish on the earth,
and the rainbow is a symbol of his faithfulness and promises.
At our first Messy Church after a long winter break we made lots of animals -
some inflatable, some edible! We worked together to colour in a giant rainbow
and we acted out the story of the Ark.
Animal shaped biscuits, coated with lots of gooey icing
Balloon animals to hold...
...and to float
Making painted handprints on paper... it's called Messy Church for a reason
Origami boats, stackable in a way that the Ark wasn't
Colouring in a rainbow: a reminder of God's promise never to destroy life on the earth
Rachel introduces the celebration time, which included a re-enactment of the story of the Ark
It was a special birthday for team member Richard, who shared his cake with the rest of us
Messy Church: Christmas
Our craft activities in December focused on Christmas,
making decorations, pictures and models to remind us of the season
and the birth of Jesus that we celebrate.
That was followed by a Christingle celebration, recalling God's
goodness in creation, his love in sending Jesus to rescue us
and the light which he brings into our dark world.
Little, paper donkey!
A very well decorated edible Christmas tree
A warm Christmas welcome from Rachel
Making a decoration with marbling paint
A reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season
Messy Church: Sharing
Where does our food come from? All around the world!
You wouldn't really want to eat these... they're made of Playdough
We welcomed guests visiting from Bolivia, some wearing regional costume
When a small boy offered his packed lunch of five loaves and two fish
he never imagined that Jesus would use it to feed 5,000 people
with plenty left over.
We used that story to learn about sharing, to think about where our food comes from
and how to get it to those who need it most.
We worked together to make a banner telling the story
Decorating baskets containing "loaves" and "fish"
Bread was a staple food in Jesus' time, and it still is for millions today
We have a box for collecting food which goes to the B30 Foodbank
and then on to some very needy local families
Rachel used Haribo to inspire our prayers
Messy Church: Money matters
Decorating a giving box, perhaps a bit like the one the poor widow put her coins into
The Money Matters colouring sheet: beautifully designed, brilliantly coloured
Jesus once saw a poor widow put a couple of coins into the collection box at the Temple.
He said that she was more generous even than rich people who put in large amounts of money,
because the rich people were keeping so much back for themselves.
Money really does matter, because the way we handle it shows up what's in our hearts.
Buying, selling and handling money in our busy corner shop
Making money - or something that looks like it, by engraving coins
While some were on their second childhood, there was still time to talk to
those who are enjoying their first
We had a fine example of generosity when a birthday girl shared her special day and
her birthday cake with us
Messy Church: Healthy body, healthy soul
We made a model "human" out of... whatever we could find!
It's a good thing real people are stuck together with more than Sellotape
Medical staff were in attendance: fortunately all the "injuries" were pretend
Our bodies need energy to make them work: this racing car will be powered by a balloon
The Bible talks about the worldwide Christian church as being like a body.
Every part is important and has a special purpose, and if one part is hurting,
everyone feels it.
We were also thinking about looking after our own bodies and keeping them healthy.
Drawing the face of our model "human"
Our racing cars were powered by balloon energy.
They went a long way but were hard to steer
Some of us painted the clay crosses we made last month
It's hard to beat fruit for healthy eating... though ours was actually made out of icing
We had a competition to make the best "body" out of spaghetti and marshmallows
We stood on a drawing of a body to remember that every part needs all the rest
Messy Church took place on the weekend of the Queen's 90th birthday celebration