2 PREVIOUS MESSY CHURCHES
Creating a new Christmas display, as the Christmas Story is retolled.
At Messy Easter we thought about the story of Easter, and created a new poster for the hall.
Our first Messy Church of 2011 focused on the Old Testament story of Samson, who helped rescue God's people from their enemies the Philistines. Although Samson made lots of mistakes in his life, the story was a reminder that we can all be used by God.
We had a lot of fun testing how strong we are, and making face masks, before renacting the story of Samson.
In the picture - Samson taking on a lion!
The story of the prodigal or lost son, is one of Jesus' best known stories. It is a story of how we often stray from God, but also how as our Father, God never stops loving us.
The older children did a modern retelling of the story of the prodigal son, which you can see by clicking on the link HERE
The activities during the session were all based around the story of the prodigal son - download a copy of our programme on the link below.
For our Treasure Island Messy Church, we came dressed as pirates, and made pirate costumes. Every pirate needs a boat, but even the bravest pirate can get scared in a storm. So in the church we made a boat, and told the story of how Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, and how Jesus can bring peace to our lives.
Messy Church Christmas Party 2009
We had a very fun and rather unusual Messy Church Christmas Party in December. We did a nativity from scratch (acting out the story of the birth of Jesus).
Because many of the children had come in fancy dress, the nativity scene was somewhat different from usual (can you spot Superman at the back of the nativity scene!). A lot of fun was had by everyone!
We then played some party games, before sharing food together.
In September 2009 the theme of Messy Church was 'Mission Impossible'. We focused on the Old Testament story of Gideon, who was asked by God to do a seemingly impossible mission, taking on the massive Midianite army that vastly outnumbered Israel.
Despite the odds facing Gideon & Israel, with God's help he was able to defeat the Midianites, with only 300 men.
In the photo - making balloon swords, for the renactment of the story of Gideon
Musical Messy Church
A special 'musical' Messy Church.
Picnic in the Park
In July Messy Church went to Sutton Park. Despite the threat of rain, the weather remained fine, and we enjoyed a picnic and games in the park.
The HUGE Messy Church
2010 is a special year for St Martin's which is celebrating it's Golden Jubilee. Throughout the year a series of special events was organised to mark this important anniversary, including a 'HUGE' Messy Church in September.
We had over 80+ people attend our Messy Church, and focused on the theme of celebration, looking at the story of the 'Great Banquet' from the Gospel of Luke (Luk 14:15-24), which we re-enacted. We then had great fun getting ready for a celebration at the end of Messy Church, finishing with a BBQ.
In the photo - people sitting down to enjoy food at the end of Messy Church
The Wedding at Cana in Galilee
In February 2010 we looked at the story of the how Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee (Jesus' first miracle). We re-enacted the story, although unfortunately are attempts to turn water into wine were not as successful as Jesus'!
We thought about the important message of how God can take ordinary people like us, and change us to do extraordinary things.
Photo - Chris & Sue kindly took on the role of the bride & groom in our retelling of the story
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In October 2009 we focused on the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). An unpopular man in his own town because he stole from them, Zacchaeus had a life changing encounter with Jesus, which impacted the whole community.
In the picture - Zachaeus in the tree