In John 14, Jesus reassures his disciples that they do not be afraid because he is leaving his peace with them. Whatever they will face in the future, especially when he is gone, he is not leaving them alone. I love using play dough mats in group situations because they are a very non- threatening way to help children to creatively explore how Bible stories relate to their own lives. This play dough mat is a conversation starter about the worries that children are facing in their own lives and also a way of helping them to know that they, too are not alone. Some children might choose to use the mat as a way of giving their worries to Jesus. Print out the mat at this link!
Category: Messy Church
Moses in the Bulrushes: Floating craft construction
One of the most popular activities (especially for boys and grown ups) at our last Messy Church was the challenge to build a craft that would float on water and hold a stone (baby Moses). You can guess what our story was!
This was a great craft as there was no expected outcome, other than something that floated, so everyone was free to use their imagination to its full capacity. We had numerous attempts from some people and some very ingenious ideas! We laid out a selection of materials including straws, balloons, card, paper, plastic spoons, lolly sticks, sellotape, foil and just let people get on with it. Here are a few of our examples of construction …
And the winner!
This was a great way in to talking about the care that Moses’ mum would have taken when she put him out on the water and helped us to think about the people who care for us and to thank God for them.
Prodigal Son Crafts
If you are doing a Sunday session about the Prodigal son, or if you are putting together a Prodigal Son Messy Church, here are some craft ideas for you!
Party hats: Paper. staples, glue, glitter, ribbon, stickers, sequins
Building the Father’s House (or the pig sty!) out of boxes and tape
Clay hearts to help think about the Father’s love
Cornflour and water ‘pigswill’
Pig biscuits: Biscuits, icing, marshmallows, chocolate chips
Jewellery for the returning son to wear, made of strawberry laces and cheerios (this was very popular!)
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…
A 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.
Coloured coat fuzzy felt: Felt coat shapes and scraps to decorate.
Edible coloured coats: Wraps cut into coat shapes and decorated with icing and sweets.
Egyptian collars made from paper plates and sticky shapes
Joseph’s jail made from Lego bricks
Plaited straws (our attempt at wheat sheaves!)
Paper plate cow faces.
Christingle Messy Church
Here are some ideas that we used at our Christingle based Messy Church. There was a mixture of Nativity and general Christmas crafts and we finished with a short Christingle service, lighting the candles and singing ‘Away in a Manger.’
Making Christingles: Get parents and children to help make the Christingles by putting in the candles, putting red tape round the orange and putting sweets on sticks. It might get a bit messy but that is the point of Messy Church!
Christingle Play dough mats: Click here to print off (laminate for continued use)
Christmas Colouring: Click here to print off sheets
Christmas Angel Game: Click here to print off
Making Christmas cards with Nativity Character Stickers
Make Jesus in the Manger Biscuits: (biscuit, runny icing, shredded wheat hay, Jelly baby and fondant blanket).
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.
Flame biscuits: digestives, white water icing and fondant flames.
Birthday cards for the Church’s birthday!
Pentecost spinners! Click here to print off.
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.