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Sharing good news - fun family prayer time (making more disciples)

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today. Especially we remember that you are also with… (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood) Thank you, Jesus, Light for the world. Amen

Worship - fun family prayer time

1. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. 2. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today. Especially we remember that you are also with… (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood) Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen

Gladness - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Before you begin, can everyone go and find something they can share with everyone else here today. It could be something to eat, a favourite story, a YouTube clip, a meme, a joke (if you must). You’ve got one minute to bring it back here… Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Eating together - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today. Especially we remember that you are also with…. (invite everyone to remember people from church, school, extended family, neighbourhood) Thank you, Jesus, light for the world. Amen

Serving - fun family prayer time

You might want to collect a few bits and bobs before you start: a candle and matches as usual, a towel, some containers like old ice-cream tubs, paper, a snack, a pen and bridge-building equipment as below. Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Sharing - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Before you begin, can everyone go and find something they can share with everyone else here today. It could be something to eat, a favourite story, a YouTube clip, a meme, a joke (if you must). You’ve got 1 minute to bring it back here… Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Mothering Sunday at home

When you can’t GO to Messy Church, don’t forget that together we ARE Messy Church. That’s right, the people, us. Messy Church is not a gathering once or so a month, it’s us, the people, and we’re most certainly not shutting up shop. Today we focus on a really important part of Messy Church: mothers! And by this we mean everyone who mothers us, whether they’re related or not.

Faith at home - worship space

Elizabeth Caldwell in the book of the previous blog entry, Come Unto Me, describes a 'faith corner' in a home she visited (p. 115) and it got me thinking: perhaps as a take-away idea for Messy Church households, suggesting finding a space at home to put reminders of your faith and things to help you talk to and about God - things you make at Messy Church of course, a cross or picture of Jesus, a candle if it's safe, a CD of worship music, natural objects that make you praise God for his creation.