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With the royal wedding approaching fast and stories coming in of upcoming Messy weddings, the Messy Church team has put together a session on weddings, based on the wedding at Cana in John 2.

There is also a wedding at Cana Pinterest board to use for extra resources.

Download the 'Real me' session from Get Messy! September-December 2017, supporting Bishop Rachel Treweek's self-esteem campaign.

Messy Church regional coordinator for Leeds, Rachel Gotobed, has written this great Christmas play, The Gingerbread Man’s Christmas Adventure. It would work well as a standalone play or could be used alongside Renita Boyle's book The Gingerbread Nativity.

The Messy Church team have put together a 'Maximising the Mess' guide with really helpful advice on discipleship and Messy ChurchHere are ways of exploring and growing discipleship that make sense in a Messy setting.

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:

Young children love two things more than anything else, playtime and making a mess! Whilst this means a lot of cleaning for parents, both of these things are essential during the early years of a child’s development. So why not try combining the two?

Getting ‘hands-on’ in a messy playtime session can be very beneficial to a child in three key areas…

We've had lots of requests about Palm Sunday activities for Messy Church, particularly through our Facebook page.

Palm Sunday is a feast that celebrates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem; there were palm leaves and coats on the ground which certainly sounds very Messy!

The popular Disney film Frozen has prompted quite a few Messy Churches to consider the Christian themes and values of the story about Real love. After many requests for help with ideas on Frozen themes we can now offer you a resource with  twelve activities including Bible verses, craft links, photographs and a short Celebration Time message with a creative prayer. Let us know how this resource works for you! Enjoy Sven cake decorating, sensory play, sock Olafs, troll potatoes and much more. With Jesus you are not frozen but unfrozen! 

Sue Kalbfleisch, our Regional Coordinator in Canada, shares some great ideas based on Mark 10:17-21 (the story of the rich young man) and calls the theme 'Messy giveaways'. It focuses on the message of caring for others and giving to others. So, instead of making things during the activity time to take home for yourself, she created some special activities to make things to give away.

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Messy Church and Christian Aid have enjoyed getting together to produce this Messy Church session based on the work of Christian Aid around the world. You could use it to explore our global Christian faith and to encourage your congregation to look outwards at the great work Christian Aid is doing with families in different countries. The session is about  global justice and action against poverty because of God’s love for all his people rather than fundraising. Enjoy!

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