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-filled bubbles
The paint bubbles represent a dream: then we added something we might dream about
Some completed dream pictures: our "dreams" included a spider, the Wimbledon stadium and a Supergirl!
Joseph's father gave him his famous coat of many colours - which made his brothers jealous
Some edible, and very well decorated, "Josephs"
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
We used coloured fabric to make our own coat of many colours
Completing our coat of many colours... and trying it on
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
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