Messy Nativity

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by Jane Leadbetter

How to run your very own Messy Nativity Advent project

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'Mayhem, madness and magnificence... Messy Nativity!'
Rev Jean Flood, Mission in the Economy, Liverpool


In this book Jane Leadbetter shares a story of hope. Jesus said to his disciples, 'Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to the whole human race.' So why, even at Christmas, is this becoming so hard to do, when the story of Jesus' birth is gradually being squeezed out of our towns and cities, among the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, during the season of Advent? When the real meaning of Christmas is being replaced with Santa's Magical Kingdom and WinterFests, how can we bring Jesus back into our communities during Advent?

Find out about a project uniting communities around the Nativity story at Christmas time!

  • The Messy Nativity Sheep Trail (spot the knitted sheep in shops);
  • The Messy Nativity Set Journey (the Posada idea with added knitted sheep);
  • The Messy Street Nativity (tell the Nativity story in the street using drama/script).

Featuring in all three parts of the project are sheep!

This book describes how Messy Nativity started in Liverpool in 2010, and gives a step-by-step guide to how other churches can embark on their own local Messy Nativity Advent project.

Knit-i-vity! How knitted sheep can bring Jesus into your shopping centre!

Technical details

ISBN 9780857460554
Price £4.99
Published 22 June 2012
Pages 64