What is Messy Church?
We held our first Messy Church in April 2015 and have several more planned throughout the year. This fun filled event involves creativity, celebration and hospitality i.e. Food, food and more food! We aim to involve everyone in Messy Church and therefore you do not need to be a member of a church to attend. Messy Church is especially designed to reach out to families including those for whom Sunday morning services is difficult due to a variety of reasons such as family circumstances.
What happens at Messy Church?
Each Messy Church has a different story theme taken from the Bible. You will find out more about the story through craft, mess and celebration time. The session finishes with some yummy food (Homemade traybakes if you are lucky!) and time to chat!
– Saturday 1st September
Messy Church is back on Saturday 1st September,
2pm – 4pm in Panmurefield Baptist Centre. We’ll hear a Bible story about a young man who faced a great, big giant and our time together will include crafts, activities, songs and some food. Book a space by email email@example.com. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we look forward to seeing you then.
Previous sessions – 2018
January 2018 – We had one of our busiest times at Messy Church earlier this month and it was great to see everyone there. We learned about what Jesus did with loaves and fish and heard that He is ‘The Bread of Life’, in our usual messy way!
Previous sessions – 2017
January 2017 – At our first Messy Church of 2017 we heard about a man who had a new start and we thought about what forgiveness means. Our activities included Blowing Bubbles, making a Storyteller, Fizzy Forgiveness, Mat Weaving, moulding Clay Hearts, using Puffy Paint and making the very popular S’mores! Here a few pictures
February 2017 – We had lots of fun with marbling, planting, sticking, baking and even making volcanoes! The topic for the session was “Love Rules” which was particularly relevant for Valentines day. We looked at the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. They both loved Jesus, Martha showed this by inviting Jesus and his disciples round and working hard to prepare a meal for them all, while Mary sat down, spent time with Jesus and listened to him. However Martha was so distracted by her preparations that she became angry with Mary for not helping. As Jesus said, Mary had chosen what is better – only one thing is needed! Love!
June 2017 – “Our Community”.
September 2017 – Jesus calmed a storm
We had a lot of fun exploring the story of when Jesus calmed a storm, at our last Messy Church. Creating mini tornadoes, boat cakes, a giant cardboard boat, storm sound effects and other activities too helped us to imagine what it might have been like. We thought about how amazing and powerful Jesus is and that he cares for each one of us. The jelly boats provided as part of our food at the end will never be forgotten!
October 2017 – We thought about Harvest time and heard a Bible story about a very greedy man. That helped us to think about what we really need in life. It was definitely Messy, particularly with the spaghetti painting but we had lots of fun!
November 2017 – Our Messy Church session was a popular one, celebrating Salt and Light! Plenty of firework crafts! The children were encouraged to think about what they can do to bring light to others.
Christmas 2017 – Here are some photos from our Christmas Messy Church when we heard about the birth of Jesus, God’s Son, who came into the world. Our kitchen team prepared some extra special snacks for the children to enjoy when we had food together at the end!