Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


An exciting activity from one of our Messy Church which doesn't require glitter, glue or colouring in. Dr Rob Rutherford is from Top of Town Messy Church in Basingstoke, Hampshire and shares this science activity which you should definitely try! Find a saw, wood and bolts and create a thumb piano to create your own Messy tunes on. 

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!

by Anne Le Bas

Our local school was looking for resources to go in story bags which would help children to explore Biblical stories. It was easy to find Nativity and Noah's Ark toys and figures, but difficult to find anything else.

A couple of us from our our church therefore devised knitting patterns for Bible character glove puppets, and gave out the patterns to anyone in the church who liked to knit.

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.

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.

by Anne

An unexpected hit at our Advent/Christmas Messy Church session yesterday were decorated Advent Candles. It was really just an extra 'filler' activity in case we needed it, but it really seemed to absorb a wide range of people - one Dad really got into it and produced a wonderful candle.

The Bead Shop in Nottingham has an incredible array of wooden beads (along with many other kinds) for craft activities. Their postal service is excellent - orders are sent out the same day and they ring to tell you if there is anything they can't supply.

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 coktail 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!