Joseph Messy Church Crafts

This month we looked at the story of Joseph at Messy church.  It’s quite a long story so we pulled out some of the main themes and events and had a lot of fun!  Here are some of the crafts we got up to…

joseph 1A coloured coat made of a length of brown paper (with a head hole cut out!).  We decorated the coat with pens, coloured paper, bubble wrap, felt pieces and lolly sticks and then used it as a costume when we told the story.

Joseph 3Coloured coat fuzzy felt: Felt coat shapes and scraps to decorate.

joseph 7Edible coloured coats: Wraps cut into coat shapes and decorated with icing and sweets.

joseph 5Egyptian collars made from paper plates and sticky shapes

Joseph 2Joseph’s jail made from Lego bricks

joseph 4Plaited straws (our attempt at wheat sheaves!)

joseph 6Paper plate cow faces.

Have fun!

The Exodus Story: Life in the Desert Sandpaper Painting

The Exodus story is a fabulously colourful and exciting one.  Miracle after miracle happens to the Israelites as they journey through the Red Sea and across the desert to the promised land.  This craft touches on the life bringing provision God brings to his people through manna, quail and water.

img_2747You will need: sandpaper (use quite fine sandpaper if finger painting as it is much less rough on fingers), paint.

The sandpaper is rough and reflects both the sand of the desert the Israelites are crossing and the hardship of life there.  Adding colour helps to reflect the life that God’s proven brings to them.

Encourage children to use their fingers or brushes to paint on the sandpaper.  They might want to paint something from the story they have heard or simply to create a colourful picture.  Use the time to talk about how God provided for the Israelites in the desert, bringing them life and showing his love.

Holy Spirit/Pentecost Discovery Basket

At our recent Pentecost service, we had a basket available to help babies and toddlers explore the colours and symbols of the Holy Spirit (specifically love, wind, fire, doves, red).  The children and parents really got stuck in to discovering!

Basket contents included:

  • Wooden doves
  • Wooden hearts
  • Fabric hearts
  • Battery operated candles
  • Red, yellow and orange ribbons tied to shower rings (streamers)
  • A gold glitter reflection bottle (gold glitter in water- shake it up and watch it settle!)
  • Windmills
  • Bubbles (carried on the wind)

Printable Nativity Figures: Colour and Play!

Here are some printable Nativity figures for you to print out, colour in and then use to help explore the Christmas story.Nativity figures

Click here to print out the sheet.  Colour the figures in and then cut them out.  For extended use, it might be best to laminate them!

You can stick them onto lolly sticks to make stick puppets, sellotape a bent paperclip to the back to help them stand independently or even stick them to wooden blocks- much more friendly for smaller hands!

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Enjoy your story telling!

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.