Activity ideas

Crafts and other Messy activity ideas for your Messy Church.

Prodigal Son ideas and crafts

By Kathy We made marshmallow pigs on biscuits (I've previously done marshmallow pigs in 'mud' on top of chocolate angel delight but wasn't sure how many to cater for so decided biscuits was easier). Use one marshmallow for the face, cut 2 triangles of marshmallow for ears and stick them on each side. Use half a mini marshmallow for the snout and writing icing for eyes and 2 dots on the snout. The marshmallows stick reasonably well when cut but a bit of icing for glue always helps!

Activities on Creation, The Good Samaritan and Palm Sunday

By Sue Avery Sue Avery's Messy Church in Cholsey, Oxfordshire, has put together the following craft ideas on the themes of Creation, The Good Samaritan and Palm Sunday. These craft-based ideas work well at Cholsey, where they have a relatively young average age. The ideas are available as a PDF. Download

Creative writing activity

By Pam Mellor Have you considered using spiritual verse? Some people use the word 'poetry', but that conjures up too many bad experiences of sitting through boring English lessons! I have attached a copy of a verse which I wrote several months ago, which I have used during worship. Although, not the best piece of literature ever, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people present, who asked me for a copy!

Blessing boxes

by Rev. Canon Duke Vipperman We wanted to put something in the kids empty hands. So we developed the idea of a 'Blessing Box'. We used white Bride's favour boxes often placed at the table setting of guests at a Wedding reception. They are easy enough for most kids to assemble themselves. Then the box was filled with symbols of each beatitude. Riffing off the reworded Beatitudes found elsewhere on this Messy Church site, we gave the kids these ideas: 1. Good on you who feel empty,God's home is open to you.

Footprint painting the easy way

by Rachel Parkinson Years ago I had seen a large banner made by blanking off parts of the cloth to leave a cross shape revealed. People then walked all over it having dipped the soles of their feet in paint. The result - a footprint cross - was really effective. I wanted to do the same for our second Messy Church.

Sugar Marbling

by Valerie Prettyman You'll need: 2 level spoonfuls icing sugar 1 spoon white wine vinegar selection of food colourings card squares cocktail sticks a paste brush Mix together the icing sugar and the vinegar. Then brush it completely over your card. Be generous in your application! Then dip the cocktail stick in the first colour of food colouring and hold it onto the card where it will start to spread in a snowflake pattern. Then introduce more colours. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH as it does spread!

Table Talk for all-age Messy moments

This is a very valuable resource and will be a great "next step" for Messy Churches.

Bap-tingle

by Jane Carter At a Baptism within a Messy Church service I adapted the Christingle for baptism. Everyone made one of these.