Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


By Marie Beale

Marie Beale has put together some suggestions for boys who want activites rather than crafts.

Marie uses a room upstairs for activities rather than crafts. Boys enjoy:

  • Scavenger hunts, sports challenges and conker tournaments.
  • Construction sets are a must, also any food crafts, rocket/helicopter making and science stuff.
  • Computer animation programmes.
  • Hard boiled egg drops
  • Designing T shirts or pillow cases
  • Balloon modelling
  • Smelly Church!

More ideas are in the PDF.

Have a look at one church's way of being church in a different way, especially with boys in mind (though obviously not exclusively for boys). Sweaty Church is a response to local needs and local gifts in the church and is about God and sport and activity:

'Sweaty Church is a monthly Sunday afternoon service designed for busy and active families. Using both the inside of the church and the adjacent outdoor field, we create an energetic active learning environment aimed at children aged 7-11, their siblings and parents.