June Messy Church: Creation
Messy Church: Pentecost
A birthday party! But whose?
Pentecost was the day when the Holy Spirit came and filled Jesus' followers. Until then they had hidden away in fear,
but suddenly they had the power to tell everyone the good news about Jesus.
In a way it's when the church was born, so why shouldn't we celebrate it as a birthday?
And we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who still lives in everyone who knows Jesus today.
Rachel reminds us why we're celebrating
Making a headband with the shape of a flame, one of the symbols of Pentecost
Wearing the headbands
Blow painting in flame colours
When the painting had dried, it was hung up in our main hall for everyone to see
A windmill is powered by the wind that blows on it: a symbol of the way the Holy Spirit gives us power
This windmill has an address
Making birthday cakes: yes, we did eat them afterwards
Messy Church: Easter
At the first Easter, Jesus' friends found it hard to work out who he was and what it really meant.
They sort of knew he was alive again, but they still went back to fishing.
Today we often find it hard to recognise Jesus even when he's close to us and working in our lives.
At Easter Messy Church we remembered those stories of Jesus meeting with his friends.
Starting work on a symbol of love...
A message of love: Jesus died on the cross for us
What's in the feely bags? It's not so easy to recognise something when it's hidden from your sight
Stained glass in the sunshine!
An edible Easter garden
Messy Church: Ruth
When Ruth's husband died, she had to make a choice.
Should she stay at home, or go with her mother-in-law Naomi who was returning to her homeland of Israel?
She chose to stick together with Naomi and become part of the people of God.
Ruth's faithfulness led her to a new husband and,
eventually, a place in the ancestry of Jesus.
We made friendship boxes to remember Ruth's loyalty to Naomi
"Wherever you go, I will go."
Ruth chose to leave her own country and people in order to stick with Naomi
Writing out Ruth's words
Friends stick together... and these ones have friendly faces
Decorating a friendship box
A scavenger hunt: finding pairs of objects that belong together
Edible decorations are the best sort
Drama! Naomi is astonished at Ruth's determination to go with her - but it's the right decision to stick together
Messy Church: Prayer
Prayer is simply talking to God: about anything and everything.
As we tell God what's on our mind we find out about the things we really care about,
and start to see things the way God does.
Above: A completed prayer mobile
Left: Making a prayer mobile requires some light engineering
Some of the raw materials needed to make and decorate a prayer mobile
Some crafts need a lot of concentration
Jesus left us what we now call the Lord's Prayer as a guide to the things we should pray about
We made handprints to decorate a prayer box
The prayer box was on display at the next Messy Church: we will use it to share prayer requests
The world map reminds us of friends, family and difficult situations in other countries
After the crafts, the celebration time
Joining in a song, with actions!
Messy Church: Christmas
Our Christmas celebration included carols (of course!) and
crafts - some of them very messy indeed!
Right: Gloop has the most amazing properties
Gloop is runny like a liquid until pressure is applied to it, when it acts like a solid:
this was the messiest nativity ever
These decorated heart boxes were empty inside... we found out why later
Using a badge making machine
Decorating Christmas tree biscuits
A wide range of biscuit toppings
Joining in the Christmas celebration
Now we found out what belongs in those empty heart boxes: Jesus
This was Megan's last Messy Church with us: she is moving on to take up a new post at Bewdley
"It's my Daddy's hat": we can well believe it
There had been a light snowfall, but a much heavier one was on the way
Messy Church: Remembering
November 11 is a day when many people reflect on war
and of the terrible human cost it brings. At Messy Church we
thought about the barriers that divide people and how we can help to break them down.
Right: Thinking differently! Poppies in non-traditional colours
How good are you at remembering? Megan tested us with Kim's Game
We made poppy cakes, with icing in more traditional colours
We made peace bridges to build links between people divided by a "river"...
never mind that some of the bridges were a bit unstable
Rachel explained why we remember the past at this time of year
Our song reminded us what overcomes war and division: L-O-V-E!
Thank you to the Christ Church home group who supplied us with wonderful food afterwards
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