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
Messy Church: Eco Special
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... even hairier than a human head
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
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
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
Back with the animals, Ann is making friends with a leopard gecko
Our biggest ever visitor! This albino constrictor snake is 4 metres long and weighs 30 kilograms
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?
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
Messy Church: Picnic
In July, to round off the first half of the year, a group of us went to the Lickey Hills for a picnic.
We've been very encouraged by the growth of the Messy Church family in 2018 and we're looking forward to the autumn sessions