Messy Church – Story telling, songs, activities, celebrations and meal sharing.
So far this year we have shared the stories of Noah, Easter, Abraham and Sarah, Pentecost, Joseph and Jesus – Light of the World.
A look at some of our Messy Church occasions show the diversity of our time together.
The ‘Easter’ theme was a huge topic to fit into one afternoon, but between the wonderful crafts and the celebration the story was told. We had a Roman Centurion on duty to make sure we found our way and several guards armed with helmets and spears to assist.
The children made a booklet outlining the Easter story. They were to find a guard – identified by their helmets – who asked the children a question, who then received a sticker for their booklet. Some were so busy with their crafts they hardly had time to pursue stickers! There was: Jesus tomb to make out of chocolate Easter eggs, crosses to make and decorate, cups and glasses to decorate, and pieces of silver to make, to mention some of the activities.
Our time together culminated in the celebration in the church in which Ian reflected on Easter and its meaning, we learnt a new song, and listened to the Easter story as written for younger folk.
For Joseph’s story, some of the activities were: Joseph in the coloured coat given to him by his father, where we painted coloured squares and pasted them on a big Joseph, building pyramids, making Joseph’s 11brothers out of pegs & planting wheat .
I think the favourite activity was decorating cupcakes with icing of all colours and dipping in rainbow sprinkles, which we all then ate with the meal. The celebration was special with singing, storytelling, prayers and a short reflection from Ian. Ending as usual with a meal, which is a joyous time for fun and fellowship.
For July our theme was Jesus, Light of the World! The activities centred around light-making. Lighthouses, decorating biscuits as traffic lights, tracing outlines from the light of a projector. We were given a special performance with a light “stick” – similar to fire twirling without lighting a match! This was exciting and really showed what effect light has.
It has been wonderful to see children and adults joining together and enjoying activities, food and the Celebration. We always, adults and children, look forward the next Messy Church.