Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


by Renita Boyle

A four-week exploration of Advent.

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The perfect recipe for a memorable and tasty exploration of Advent and Christmas!

Baker Ross have put together two Messy Craft boxes. Remember to quote BRF15 to get your 15% discount.

The Basic Messy Craft box


Baker Ross is teaming up with Messy Church to offer you an exclusive 15% off their exciting arts and craft range. With an inspiring selection of Christianity and Nativity crafts, art and craft essentials plus curriculum crafts and more, there’s plenty to choose from - make sure you don’t miss out and order today. Quote BRF15 for the 15% discount

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.

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.

by Valerie Prettyman

You'll need:

  • 2 level spoonfuls icing sugar
  • 1 spoon white wine vinegar
  • selection of food colourings
  • card squares
  • cocktail sticks
  • a paste brush

Mix together the icing sugar and the vinegar. Then brush it completely over your card. Be generous in your application! Then dip the cocktail stick in the first colour of food colouring and hold it onto the card where it will start to spread in a snowflake pattern. Then introduce more colours. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH as it does spread!

A craft-based journal for Messy Church members by Lucy Moore. Messy Crafts is a craft book with a difference! As well as bulging with craft ideas to inspire your creativity at Messy Church, it is also a journal to scribble in, doodle on and generally make your own.

Yum yum! What a lovely Christmas present these craft boxes would make for a Messy Church leader.

Could you use a discount on craft materials? We have arranged with Baker Ross for Messy Churches to receive 15% discount on their purchases and for Messy Church/BRF to receive 5% commission.

1) Set up an account with Baker Ross as 'Messy Church St Freda's, Pontefract' (insert your own location).

2) When you place your order quote promo ref BRF15. A great way of buying quality materials and supporting BRF's Messy Ministry at the same time.

Jane and I have been working with Ruth from Infinite Crafts to think of craft activities for Christmas that are reasonably priced and not available in the shops. And we've come up with some lovely ones! We hope you like them. My favourite is the Mini Nativity in a Box in the 10 for a tenner range, but I do have secret yearnings to paint my own Advent Calendar jigsaw too... Click on the link above to get straight to the Messy fun.