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Rae tells us the story
Rae in her pram
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Messy Church - 25 February 2018
|Report and photos - Jim Paterson|
God's Big Family collage
Messy Church, on Sunday 25 February took the theme 'What is Family'. A
good turnout on what was a bright sunny day, which would have been a
good excuse to take the family out on to the hills or into the
countryside for a walk.
The 'Messy team' had put together a range of crafts and activities to bring out the 'All God's family' theme.
tells us that his true brothers and sisters are those who do
God’s will. Families were extremely important in Jesus’
day, yet he makes it clear that we should be obedient to God’s
will first: when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Saviour and
God as our Father, then his family becomes our family.
can be really messy though. When you meet a new Messy family, how often
have you made the mistake of assuming one character is mum when
it’s auntie; dad when it’s stepdad; sibling when it’s
cousin? Have you ever assumed grandparent when it’s a parent?
Once someone has become part of your Messy family, however, it
doesn’t matter! Jesus tells us that we are all part of the same
loving, supportive family. We are children of the same heavenly father.
He makes himself our equal. Wow!
God, in human form, considers
us to be his equal. Now obviously equal doesn’t mean the same.
You need only look at your own families. Rather than assuming the twins
in your congregation both like the same foods, ask them. Rather than
assuming all girls like pink, give them a choice. Rather than assuming
mum and dad are married, let them tell you their story. And above all,
reassure those whose families are indeed “messy”, or who
feel they don’t really fit in with their family, that we are all
part of God’s family, that in growing to know and love Jesus we
come to have a whole new family of brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our crafting activities included
Thank you Cards
activity saw the children create a thank-you card for someone who cares
for them and looks after them, the person who makes them feel special.
This was not always their parents or caregivers, could be their teacher
or nursery teacher, or an older sibling, or another relative. We talked
about how that person makes them feel loved. What do they do or say
that makes them feel at home and part of that family?
took a gingerbread angel, and using icing glued it to a larger biscuit,
decorated with a sweet, for the people we knew who are in God’s
family. We talked about what it means to be a part of God’s
Model of Blood.
This all sounded a
bit gory, but it was fun. Into a bottle we poured some water and yellow
food colouring, to give us plasma. Adding a bit of salt represented the
minerals and chemicals. Then we added Cheerios, which had been coloured
red, to represent the red blood cells. There are more red blood cells
than anything else; the red dye should change the colour of the water
(plasma). It is the red blood cells in our own blood that gives the
colour red when we cut ourselves. Then we added some mini marshmallows
to represent the white blood cells and purple felt to represent the
platelets (both less plentiful than the red blood cells).
talked about God’s promises. He promised to send Jesus as our way
to God. We thought about what it might mean to love God more than our
own ‘flesh and blood’ family. Is that possible?
world was spread out in front of us. Armed with a small catapult we
shot marshmallow cubes on to our world, seeing where they landed. Some
found the catapult idea a bit fiddly, especially for small fingers.
Gently throwing them seemed easier and to do and aim. Our world had
different area such as nursery, school, far away, abroad, and even
We talked about the way our family
gives us a safe starting place to belong to many different
‘families’ like the ones in this game. You always belong to
your family but, as you get older, you belong to other communities too,
which is so exciting. Family life is about loving people so much you
can let them go to explore the wonderful opportunities in the world,
knowing your love goes with them, wherever they go.
We made a tree, complete with branches, then drew a hand shape on paper, cut it out and stuck it on the tree to make leaves.
talked about how we as families are all linked together in a family
tree – mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins,
often half or step siblings – and that God wants us to be a part
of his family.
Collage of people
family is made up of all sorts of people – old and young, of
different nationalities and variously abled. Using people pictures cut
from magazines, faces and whole people, we created a collage of
God’s mixed up family. This would be taken over to the church at
celebration time to help with the story.
about how we are family with people who are very different from us,
some of whom we haven’t even met, and how that feels. We are all
linked together in a family tree. God’s family is like that too
– all sorts of people, some complete strangers – and he
wants us to be part of that family!! How does THAT feel?
was a bit like a treasure hunt/quiz. A sheet was given out to everyone
as they arrived, with things to find out about others families. Did
they have brother or sister, both, or neither? Were the family together
or had some moved away, or abroad. We found out just how diverse our
families were, though they were all still part of God's family,
wherever they were.
Celebration time in the
church was led by Rae Hunter telling the story, assisted by Neil Cape.
Using photos from her own childhood album, we saw and heard how we all
grow from babies into small children, some joining brothers and
sisters. We then join larger groups when we go to school and meet
children from other families.
We enjoyed songs,
played on video with actions that we could follow. A prayer time
allowed us to write a prayer on a post it note and stick it to our
people collage, before heading back to the hall for a meal together and
talk about what we had heard and learned.
church will be on Sunday 25th March
Published - 28 February 2018