We're not running Messy Church in October but many of our activities in support of the
Birmingham Marathon Drop-In are similar in nature. Everyone's invited!
Messy Church is back on 11 November.
Messy Church: Puppet tales
At Messy Church in June we welcomed Maggie the puppeteer who told us a wonderful story about caring and forgiveness.
We made and played with puppets of our own and joined in a time of celebration of God's love.
Right: Maggie giving her puppet show.
A dog buries a bone under a tree and damages it, making the owner cross.
Can they be friends again?
After the show, we discussed the meaning of the story. What does it mean to forgive and to be forgiven?
We made puppets and figures of different kinds
Making a puppet theatre
It's time for my show!
More artistry through colouring
A different kind of creativity... planting a seed
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