Bible

What do we make of ‘the silence of God’?

Martyn Payne writes: God’s silence was the focus for our Messy Church distanced quiet morning recently. Each of us involved found ourselves prayerfully exploring different aspects to this topic. But surely God is never silent? God is always speaking to us, it’s just that we’re not listening or maybe have forgotten how to listen. And anyway, why would God need to keep on talking? Surely God has already spoken clearly through scripture, through creation and most powerfully ‘in these last days through Christ’ (Hebrews 1:1-2).

The Bible! 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 of the world. Amen

Messy Church Pinterest board

Welcome to our new Pinterest board! We are pinning exciting ideas to share with you and to support you and your Messy Churches. We can’t stop pinning! We have boards full of ideas on hospitality, SEND, Celebration ideas, outdoor activities, extreme crafts and so many more! www.pinterest.com/MessyChurchBRF

4 O'Clock Church

Emma Coy is Children and Families Minister at Holy Trinity Claygate. She has been on the leadership team of 4 O'Clock Church since its inception and is enthusiastic about finding creative ways for God's people to learn and worship together. She writes about the extra weekly service that has come from their Messy Church ministry.

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.