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
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