Easter family journey
We recently did an Easter Family Journey when we invited both the Messy Church and main Church families to journey together through the events of the Easter week. I guess we should have called it 'Messy Stations of the Cross' as it was based on 4 zones - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday - with an explanation and 2 craft activities per zone. We started in church with hot cross buns and refreshments and then in (strict!) 10 minute-apart groups, we walked into a Palm Sunday drama and then followed around the zones. There had to be a holding room for the earlier groups to gather at the end but we laid on table top activities and an egg rolling competition to keep everyone occupied.
When every group had finished, we went into the church for our Celebration and back into the hall for a sit down meal. Each child (and some adults too!) had an Easter Journey log to take around with them, collecting a sticker at each of the zones. We also provided paper bags to collect all their goodies en route. We had some wonderfully encouraging feedback with lots of happy, smiling faces. Next year...?!