Messy Church

 

Messy Church scheduled for the 8th July has been postponed.

Our next Messy Church is on:

16th September at 3pm - 5:30pm

email us to book your place

email: messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk

 

  

                                                                                              

On Saturday 30th May 2015, Messy Church met to celebrate their 1st birthday.  We had activities to celebrate birthdays and Pentecost which is also known as the churches birthday.  Our activities focused on Fire and Wind characters of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  We had lots of fun blowing paint to represent candle flames.  We decorated cakes with orange, red and yellow icing and a candle and made our own candle holders.   Our wind activities included making wind chimes, windmills, windsocks/streamers and kite bookmarks.

In our prayer space we had great fun blowing large bubble prayers and making, folding and flying airplane prayers, in the sunshine.

We enjoying singing and learning about Pentecost in our celebration service.  We made popcorn to help us understand the first Christian Pentecost when Jesus sent his helper the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

Ending with everyone sharing a party tea, including homemade sausage rolls, sandwiches and lots of cakes.
If you would like to find out about Messy Church or want to know about the popcorn illustration, please get in touch at messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk

                                                                   

 

On Saturday 11th April, at Messy Church our theme was ‘Easter’.  We had lots of craft activities; decorating eggs, making Easter gardens, decorating cross suncatchers, threading bracelets of faith, colouring cross window decorations, sewing purses and making chocolate nests (and eating!).

Some of our activities linked in with our stations of the cross trail; where we had coin rubbing looking at Judas’ role in the Easter story, foot-printing followed by foot washing looking at one of Jesus’ roles, hammering our own wooden crosses to remind us of the way Jesus died.  In our prayer space we had an empty tomb and an empty cross as we thought about Jesus being alive again.

In our celebration time we looked at how a chocolate Easter Egg can help us tell the story of Easter. 
Messy Church ended with everyone sharing a buffet tea with homemade sausage rolls, cheese straws, a selection of homemade cakes and chocolate fingers.

If you would like to know more about Messy Church and to be part of the fun and get messy with us, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk

We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church – 30th May 3 – 5.30pm

   

On Saturday 21st February, at Messy Church our theme was ‘Jesus growing up and the story of Jesus age 12 at the Temple’.  We had craft activities with treasure theme; decorating heart boxes, going on a treasure hunt around the churches grounds, making clay treasure pots, looking at what do you treasure and Jesus saying your heart will always be where your treasure is (Matthew 6:21).

We also had craft activities with a growing theme; Jesus growing up timelines many families making their own growing up timelines, planting beans and looking at what plants and we need to grow, telling Jesus childhood story through finding objects in sawdust with talking points about Jesus’ childhood starting from baby Jesus in the manager through to a temple where Jesus at the age of 12 amazed the Pharisees’ (priests) with his knowledge of the scriptures (bible).

Our other craft activities looked at the temple, making our own with boxes, finger painting a large temple and writing our own prayer scrolls just like the scrolls in the temple.

In our prayer space we looked at hopes and dreams and wrote prayers for children growing up around the world.
The open the book team came to Messy Church this time and told the story ‘The Boy Jesus at the temple’ in our celebration time.  Followed by a buffet tea.

If you would like to know more about Messy Church and to be part of the fun and get messy with us, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk

We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church – 11th April 3 – 5.30pm

On Saturday 20th December, at our Christmas Messy Church our theme was ‘Christmas’ we started with lots of craft activities; making angels, table decorations, origami stars, decorating biscuits to hang on our Christmas trees (if they managed to survive that long before being eaten!).  Along with hand print camels, paper plate wreaths, glitter stars, wool wreath decorations and a nativity group collage. We had a very busy hour of doing all these activities, with time to visit our prayer space to be still and think about the WOW’s of the Christmas story and also write prayers for the world.

Followed by a time of celebration exploring ‘Jesus is the Present’ and the five things we do with a present; receive it, open it, say thank you, use it, share with others, we sang Christmas songs and said thank you prayers. We all then enjoyed Christmas party food together.

If you would like to know more about Messy Church (or about Jesus is the present!) and to be part of the fun and get messy with us, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk
We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church – 21st February 3 – 5.30pm

                                                                    

On Saturday 1st November, at Messy Church our theme was ‘I am the Light’ we had lots of ‘light’ craft activities with  Christian pumpkin carving, lighthouse collage, candle making, decorating candle holders, decorating mirrors, making stain-glass windows, painting and colouring light pictures and making edible candles.  We had a very busy hour of doing all these activities.

Followed by a time of celebration exploring the parable of the pumpkin, singing ‘this little light of mine and sharing reflective prayers. We all then enjoyed dinner together of jacket potatoes with korma or chilli, cheese or tuna or just butter! Then great dessert; strudel, crumble with ice-cream or custard and arctic roll for the children and young at heart!

 

If you would like to know more about Messy Church (or the parable of the pumpkin!) and to be part of the fun and get messy with us, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk
We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church – 20th December 3 – 5.30pm

                                                    

On Saturday 30th August, at Messy Church our theme was ‘I am the Good Shepherd’ we had lots of ‘sheep’ craft activities with sheep painting, group collage and painting on Psalm 23, making of sheep pompoms, named prayer pots, decorating sheep biscuits, sheep plant pots, playdough sheep and matchbox psalms.

A time of celebration was held exploring ‘Jesus, the Good Shepherd’, singing songs and prayer activities.  Followed by tea of sandwiches, homemade sausages rolls, cheese-straws and homemade cakes were shared and enjoyed by all.

If you would like to know more about Messy Church and to be part of the fun and get messy with us, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk

We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church

   

On Saturday 31st May 2014, St Andrews’ first Messy Church was held on the theme of Creation.  Families of all ages joined in the art and craft activities; making snappy jungle flowers, pompom bugs, earth balloons, bug finger puppets, collage and food activities; icing, decorating and of course eating the biscuits, making and eating fruit kebabs – surprisingly the most popular fruit was kiwi. Those who dared explored primordial slime!

A time of celebration was held exploring the story of creation from the bible and singing songs.  Followed by tea of sandwiches, homemade sausages rolls, cheese-straws and homemade cakes were shared by all.

If you would like to know more about Messy Church and to be part of the fun, please email messychurch [at] marksteychurch [dot] org [dot] uk 

We look forward to meeting you at our next Messy Church