The Messy Church team have put together a 'Maximising the Mess' guide with really helpful advice on discipleship and Messy Church. Here are ways of exploring and growing discipleship that make sense in a Messy setting.
Lucy Moore, Jane Leadbetter and Martyn Payne demonstrate the Lord's Prayer with actions. You can watch on YouTube below:
Here's the wording they use for the prayer:
Young children love two things more than anything else, playtime and making a mess! Whilst this means a lot of cleaning for parents, both of these things are essential during the early years of a child’s development. So why not try combining the two?
Getting ‘hands-on’ in a messy playtime session can be very beneficial to a child in three key areas…
We've had lots of requests about Palm Sunday activities for Messy Church, particularly through our Facebook page.
Palm Sunday is a feast that celebrates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem; there were palm leaves and coats on the ground which certainly sounds very Messy!
The popular Disney film Frozen has prompted quite a few Messy Churches to consider the Christian themes and values of the story about Real love. After many requests for help with ideas on Frozen themes we can now offer you a resource with twelve activities including Bible verses, craft links, photographs and a short Celebration Time message with a creative prayer. Let us know how this resource works for you! Enjoy Sven cake decorating, sensory play, sock Olafs, troll potatoes and much more. With Jesus you are not frozen but unfrozen!
Sue Kalbfleisch, our Regional Coordinator in Canada, shares some great ideas based on Mark 10:17-21 (the story of the rich young man) and calls the theme 'Messy giveaways'. It focuses on the message of caring for others and giving to others. So, instead of making things during the activity time to take home for yourself, she created some special activities to make things to give away.
Messy Church and Christian Aid have enjoyed getting together to produce this Messy Church session based on the work of Christian Aid around the world. You could use it to explore our global Christian faith and to encourage your congregation to look outwards at the great work Christian Aid is doing with families in different countries. The session is about global justice and action against poverty because of God’s love for all his people rather than fundraising. Enjoy!
Our team have had some correspondence with an Environmental Health Officer who has provided some helpful advice that Messy Church leaders need to take on board to make sure Messy Churches meet all the rules and regulations around food hygiene. We would also expect based on this guidance that all Messy Churhces would need to inform their local authorities about the level of food provision they are making.
For Messy Month 2014, we've decided to celebrate the gift of family in its widest sense - both the messily diverse families who come to Messy Churches, the messy family of the church into which we've been adopted and the messy family that is the community in which we live - locally and globally. So we celebrate the sense of being family - being connected, being significant to others - whether we're single or married, young or old, with or without children, in stable relationships or short term ones.
What a wonderful 'problem' to have: 'We've got too many people coming to church!'
We've put together a list of things that would be good to think through if you're leading a larger Messy Church. Many of these ideas may also help people running smaller Messy Churches on a skeleton team or simply make you think, 'Oooh, that's a good idea!'