Ideas

Carnon Valley Messy Church in a Bag

On Mothering Sunday (22 March UK), Carnon Valley Messy Church, Truro, Cornwall, invited their Messy Church congregation to collect Messy Church bags from Devoran Village Hall car park at 4.00 pm. Their Messy Church in a Bag initiative has inspired other Messy Churches to try this alternative to meeting as normal, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Messy Men at HM Prison Haverigg

Messy Men meets monthly on a Sunday morning in HM Prison Haverigg, Cumbria. Cumbria Messy Church Regional Coordinator, Syl Hunt, and her team, share their December 2017 session: Firstly, we thought about Advent and how God wants us to get ready for the birth of his son; to cast aside our worries and our fears; to open our hearts to Jesus and trust him. We had three Messy activities for the men to engage with.

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

Keeping a balance of messy activities

I’ve got stuck into a lot of different craft activities on my many visits to Messy Churches – sometimes literally so! And I’ve seen so many creative ideas to help those who come along and explore the Bible story in a hands-on way.  The best Messy Churches have a balanced variety that tap into the different learning styles each of us have.  Here’s a creative checklist that might help you to review your range of crafts and activities each month: Aim to include as many from this list as your space allows:

The Same but Different!

Martyn reflects on seeing the Get Messy! Magazine in action! Over this last month I have visited quite a number of Messy Churches who have been using the harvest ideas from Get Messy! about the man who built bigger and bigger barns. It's been exciting and humbling to see how the same material in the magazine has been used creatively and differently by each Messy Church.

Creative writing activity

By Pam Mellor Have you considered using spiritual verse? Some people use the word 'poetry', but that conjures up too many bad experiences of sitting through boring English lessons! I have attached a copy of a verse which I wrote several months ago, which I have used during worship. Although, not the best piece of literature ever, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people present, who asked me for a copy!

Sports Fun for Messy Churches

by Lucy Moore Simple, interactive games and family-friendly sports ideas for Messy Church leaders. Buy now Buy PDF Download

Messy Crafts

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.

Messy Prayer ideas?

Nik & Tor emailed from Llanharry with this request: Messy Prayer is the theme of our next Messy Church and we are just wondering how best to approach it. We'd be grateful for any thoughts that you may have. Do comment below or email llanharryparishchurch@mail.com.

Lent ideas

Kathy Biles emailed from the Falkland Islands - can anyone help with Lent ideas? Email us.