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Christmas

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.

A Messy team from five churches put on Messy activities at the Ageas Bowl Christmas Festival, with the brief of making sure the real meaning of Christmas was a prominent part of the festival. Phenomenal amounts of gingerbread Marys (with marshmallow bumps) were created, ride-on donkeys made even the most cynical materialistic families giggle, and well over 150 Advent candles and candle holders have gone back into homes with Jesus evident either in sticker form or as 'light of the world'.

Jane pulled together this useful list for Christmas that is worth keeping in a folder for future use.

Joseph's Christmas story but in 100 tweets! This year, Messy Church are tweeting Joseph's story as if he had had an smartphone back in the day. Only in Matthew’s Gospel do we catch a small glimpse of what the miracle of Christmas meant from Joseph’s perspective. The following idea offers a creative way into Joseph’s story, imagining what he may have tweeted daily about what happened to him in Nazareth and Bethlehem, and later, as he and Mary had to escape to Egypt with their child, Jesus.

A session for Christmas sent in by Trish Hahn, SEND Coordinator for Messy Church
Messy Church SEND Christmas Session
Aim: To enjoy Messy Sensory Fun & Fellowship at Christmas
Food: Christmas Buffet

Congratulations to Canford Parish Church, Wimborne, Dorset, Breakfast@9 group and St Catherine’s Church, Crook, County Durham! Both churches were inspired by Renita Boyle's Gingerbread Nativity book and baked, decorated and displayed their Nativity sets at crib festivals and services. Churches Together in Crook linked the idea with their Messy Nativity Sheep Trail.

Messy Church session ideas based on Operation Christmas Child

by Anne

An unexpected hit at our Advent/Christmas Messy Church session yesterday were decorated Advent Candles. It was really just an extra 'filler' activity in case we needed it, but it really seemed to absorb a wide range of people - one Dad really got into it and produced a wonderful candle.

by Jane Leadbetter

How to run your very own Messy Nativity Advent project

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Mayhem, madness and magnificence... Messy Nativity!
Rev Jean Flood, Mission in the Economy, Liverpool

Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community by Lucy Moore. Alongside the usual mix of creativity, fun, Christian hospitality and thanksgiving Messy Church 2 explores the importance of discipleship, faith development and training for leadership.

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