Storytelling with cards

This is a storytelling idea that is easy, portable and flexible for many stories.

You will need: 4 Card strips (judge size depending on how close the children are going to be and how big the group is.  You will probably need bigger strips for a bigger group, but expriment with what works best for you!), paper fasteners (split pins), something to make a hole with.

Make a hole in the end of each piece of card and join the pieces with split pins so that it looks as shown.  You now have your storytelling equipment!

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This is how you might use the strips to tell the story of the rich and foolish builders.

The wise builder went out one day to build his house and decided that he wanted it to be very safe.  He found some strong rock to build on

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He dug some foundations in the rock and finally, after a lot of work, finished his house.  He was very pleased and went inside to have some rest.

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The foolish builder went out to build his house and decided that he just wanted to get things done quickly.  He didn’t mind where he built it, so he found some sand and built his house there.

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He was very pleased and went inside to get some rest.

That night there was a huge storm.  The waves crashed

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and the lightning flashed.

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The rain came down and very soon, the house on the sand had been flattened!

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The house built on rock stood firm because it had strong foundations.

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Who do you think was most pleased?

The man who built on the rock is like someone who listens to God and does what He says.  Listening to God helps!

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Have a go at using the cards to tell other stories and do let us know how you get on!

Pentecost Messy Church Ideas

Here are some Pentecost themed Messy Church ideas.  All have a fire or wind related element…

Flame headresses: ribbon, tissue paper, gold card, shiny red paper.

Fire streamers made from crepe paper, lolly sticks and elastic bands.

Flame biscuits: digestives, white water icing and fondant flames.

Blowing bubbles!

Birthday cards for the Church’s birthday!

Pentecost spinners!  Click here to print off.

Paint blowing pictures.

Windchimes: Cups, beads, bells, buttons and pipecleaners.

Holy Spirit suncatchers.  Click here for instructions.

Click here for a Pinterest board of even more craft ideas.

Christmas Messy Church Ideas

Here is a collection of ideas for using at a Christmas or Advent Messy Church…

Christmas Angel Craft

Shepherd Craft

Nativity Sticker Christmas Cards with stickers from Baker Ross

Wise Men Hats made from paper plates

Shiny Star tree ornaments

Nativity stick puppets (also using the stickers from Baker Ross)

Shaving foam snow sensory play

Jesus in the manger biscuits

Click here for a Pinterest board of even more Christmas and Advent crafts.

Jesus in the Manger Biscuits

This is one of our most popular Messy Church crafts ever!

You will need: Digestive Biscuits, icing sugar made into runny icing, crushed up shredded wheat, jelly babies, fondant icing rolled out and cut into squares big enough to cover the jelly baby
Take a biscuit

Ice the biscuit and crumble on some shredded wheat to make the ‘hay’

Lay a jelly baby on the hay

Cover the jelly baby with a fondant icing blanket


Easter Messy Church Ideas

Here are some easy and fun activities for a Easter themed Messy Church…

 Shaving foam and paint marbled eggs

toddler sensory play with water beads, plastic eggs and polystyrene eggs

A baby area with hearts (to reflect Jesus’ love) and balls (close enough to eggs for new life!)

Special cups to think about the last supper (click here for details of how to make them)

Cards using stickers from Baker Ross

Palm Sunday spinners (click here for details of how to make them)

Crown of thorns biscuits (icing, digestives, broken up pretzels)

Tape resist crosses (click here for details of how to make them

Elastic band crosses on a nailboard (one of our 4 year old boys loved this!)
make your own marble mazes (thinking about the stone that rolled away from the tomb)
Click here to go to a Pinterest board of more ideas. Have fun!

Resurrection Butterflies

Butterflies are great symbols of new life when you are talking about the resurrection.  These are really easy and really effective to make- but are probably best made by older children as the folding can be a bit fiddly!

You will need: Brightly coloured magazine pages, string

First get a magazine page,

Then cut it into 2 squares- I used one 12 x12 cm and one 8cm x 8cm

Starting with a corner, concertina the paper diagonally

Tie the two concertinaed squares together with thread (put the larger square at the top).

Hang the butterflies up!