Prayer and music ideas

Ideas for leaders to help engage members of Messy Church in worship and prayer.

Sharing good news - fun family prayer time (making more disciples)

1. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. 2. Light a candle and pray:

Worship - fun family prayer time

1. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. 2. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today. Especially we remember that you are also with… (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood) Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen

Eating together - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today. Especially we remember that you are also with…. (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood) Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen

Serving - fun family prayer time

You might want to collect a few bits and bobs before you start: a candle and matches as usual, a towel, some containers like old ice-cream tubs, paper, a snack, a pen and bridge-building equipment as below. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Mothering Sunday at home

When you can’t GO to Messy Church, don’t forget that together we ARE Messy Church. That’s right, the people, us. Messy Church is not a gathering once or so a month, it’s us, the people, and we’re most certainly not shutting up shop. Today we focus on a really important part of Messy Church: mothers! And by this we mean everyone who mothers us, whether they’re related or not.

Sharing - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Before you begin, can everyone go and find something they can share with everyone else here today. It could be something to eat, a favourite story, a YouTube clip, a meme, a joke (if you must). You’ve got 1 minute to bring it back here… Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Prayer - fun family prayer time

Here's a simple way of worshipping at home on your own or with your family. This one explores the holy habit of prayer. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Breaking Bread - fun family prayer time

When we can't get to church, here's a suggestion for a short, fun time with God around your table at home. You can adapt it to use on your own by leaving out the Kim's Game and just having a piece of bread as a focus point during the reading. Breaking Bread 1. Say: We're going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. 2. Light a candle and pray:

Messy Grace

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (Hold out your hands as if expecting a present) And the love of God (Put your hands on your heart) And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (Hold hands)

The Lord's Prayer with actions

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: