Messy Church

Autumn 2019

Dates for Messy Church 2019: 14 September, morning of 13 October, 9 November, 14 December

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.

Messy Church: Eco Special

A small snake round a human neck

Our world is full of amazing things! Christians believe that God made it for us to enjoy and to look after.

At this special Messy Church we saw and even felt how wonderful that creation is, thanks to Animals in Hands who brought along a selection of long, short, hairy, scaly and snaky creatures. We were helped too by Birmingham Friends of the Earth who know a lot about caring for the world.

Left: Getting up close and personal with a snake

A tarantula on top of a human head

A tarantula... even hairier than a human head

A model of Birmingham's water supply from the Elan Valley in Wales

Friends of the Earth brought along a model showing how fresh water is collected in the Elan Valley in Wales and then transported through pipes to Birmingham. Water supply is becoming a major concern in some parts of the world

Beeswax cloth hanging up to cool down

How can we use less plastic? One solution is to grate beeswax and then iron it into pieces of cloth. This can be used to wrap food etc

A small snake round a human neck

Another solution to the plastic problem: reuse it! This bird feeder has tiny holes in the sides so that birds can get at the food

A leopard gecko on the back of a hand

Back with the animals, Ann is making friends with a leopard gecko

A constrictor snake carried across the shoulders

Our biggest ever visitor! This albino constrictor snake is 4 metres long and weighs 30 kilograms

Holly tears up a sheet of paper while she talks
Working together to put the pieces of the map back together

Holly tore up a sheet of paper for us to draw on... but it was actually a map of the world! Maybe, if we work together, we can put the world back the way it should be?

Top caterers Juliet and Gordon

We finished with a wonderful Ghanaian meal masterminded by Juliet and Gordon... thank you to them and everyone who worked so hard in the kitchen