Messy Church is a different way of being church.
When you arrive, you will be welcomed with a drink,
and there will be a choice of activities on the welcome table.
We usually play a group game at around 4:10pm and then our group time includes a Bible story, a song and a prayer. Following the group time, you can choose from a variety of crafts and activities - there's usually four - and you might get to try all of them!
Then we have a meal together - that's it!
The idea behind the name is that God is interested in everyone, especially people whose lives are not perfect,
so Messy Church is run by and for people with messy lives.
Everyone is welcome - Messy Church is for families, but we welcome all shapes, sizes and combinations of family.
Children under 12 have to be accompanied, but that's about the only 'rule' - some people come on their own, some come with two or three generations of their family!
Messy Church happens here at Temple Ewell Baptist Church
on the second Sunday of the month, from 4 - 6pm
Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge.
You are welcome to make a donation towards the cost of the meal if you wish,
but there is no charge.
Our Messy Church is part of a large, growing and international family of Messy Churches which are resourced, supported and enabled by the Bible Reading Fellowship.
You can find out more at the Messy Church website: messychurch.org.uk
If you'd like to know more about the Messy Church that meets here, we'd be very happy to help.
Here's our contact information:
Ewart and Maureen
John and June
Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman.
We are going to make a model of a ‘Bible times’ house - and paint it if there’s time.
Cardboard - a large delivery box would be a good start, you need some strong corrugated card if possible, and some cereal box type card.
You need one piece about 40cm by 10cm but you can stick two bits together if you can’t cut one piece from your delivery box. If you only have cereal boxes, it will not be as strong, but it will still work! Save as many cereal type boxes as you can.
Sticky tape and glue(PVA or glue stick)
Pencils, paint and paintbrush (felt pens or crayons would probably work if paint is not possible)
Coloured tissue paper (or a couple of tissues)
A matchbox, or small box. This is to represent a bed in the house we are making, if you can’t find a suitable box you can fold a bit of cardboard.
Below, I’m adding a photo of the page I would bring if we were meeting at church, it shows a simple outline of the front of the house, and the girl in the story. I’m printing it out and sticking it to thin card, because I don’t really have any drawing skills! I’m fairly sure we only need one figure of a girl. You can draw your own outlines directly on to cereal card at Messy Church if you like, but if you want to print it, it’s on the messy website here (page 7, I think):
You will need
soft old/used fabric
a cardboard eye mask template (http://www.messychurch.org.uk/getmessymay20)
scissors - zig zag(pinking) scissors if possible but not essential.
wadding if desired.
Using the cardboard template to the size you need, draw your mask on your fabric which should be folded in half before you cut. You will then have two identical pieces. Glue the edges of the pieces together and insert wadding if you are using it.
Then cut small holes in the side (or make with a sharp pencil or skewer) and tie the elastic through the holes. Alternatively staple the elastic to the sides.