Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


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…

Faith Pictures is a short course designed to help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues about what they believe. The heart of the course is about helping people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which best stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story.

I met Andrew the creator of Cecil the Lost Sheep when I was in Australia last and just love his stuff. Try the free download of the storytelling kit and you’ll see how well it fits into the Messy Church ethos – quirky fun for adults and for children. The books are available in the UK from Wesley Owen, Eden or your local Christian bookshop.

From Richard Shrimpton, Horsley Village Church

Yesterday before telling the story I used a great resource that the children loved: digital Flash Cards on a laptop. There's nothing new about the concept of flash cards but these are available to download as PowerPoint presentations from The Bible Curriculum website. The flash cards tell the whole Bible in 30 images giving a really clear overview of God's big story and helps children understand the chronology of the Bible.

We used the song 'Remember me' as part of our Good Friday family time

By Elaine

I have just come across a site by surfing on google, which are called Scrapstores (recycling plants), which are nationally based supplying reusable materials and items from local businesses to be used for community projects. There is a annual payment, and then you can use and collect anything you want, apparently they have everything from Bouncy Castle material to wood cut-offs and stationary, and at the same time you are saving the great resources from land-fills. Hope you find this handy and check out where the nearest one to you is.

By Chris Barton

We have just had a training event from OneWayUK. It has been a mind blowing event with an enormous variety of puppets and ways of using them, illusions and parady. Ideal for Messy Church. I really recommend looking on their web site to see if there is a training event near you, or consider having one yourself.

Several Messy Churches have purchased ribbons and flags from Kingdom Dance.

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.