Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community


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.

Creative ways to share the stories Jesus told

Jesus' parables intrigued, inspired, engaged and challenged the crowds, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves.

Through 25 tried-and-tested retellings, together with sections on the importance of story, the power of parable, the challenge of all-age storytelling and becoming a Messy storyteller, this resource communicates the immediacy and relevance of Jesus' message for Messy congregations today.

I worked with two very different audiences recently, although they were exactly the same people!

On one level, those who came to my storytelling morning were all children's and youth workers from a variety of local churches. Some had a paid post but most were volunteers. They were all responsible in some way for the children's groups on a Sunday morning, running midweek clubs, coordinating the youth work or helping with assemblies at local schools.