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Prayer labels and tassels

Messy Church - 29 September 2018

Report and photos - Joan Cape

This month Messy Church had a good look at the bible, answering some questions about what it is and why we should read it.

Our BIG BIBLE TIMELINE helped us better understand how some of the well known stories fit together. As we glued, coloured, and chatted we tracked how the different parts of the story demonstrate God’s love for us, a thread running through it all. A BIBLE KIM’S GAME helped us talk about which parts of the whole Bible story we like best, and which parts we find difficult. Lots of questions here!

Using PIPE CLEANERS we shaped pencil toppers:  hearts because God loves us; ‘X’ to remind us of our sins, and that we have turned away from God; crosses because God loves me so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for us so we could be forgiven; and lastly ‘?’ to remind us that we have to make a decision, asking ourselves if we really want to say “yes” to Jesus and follow him.

All across the world everyone has the same Bible, but in different translations so that more people are able to understand it. Our ONE BIBLE FOR ALL activity presented us with a verse written in a variety of languages: we chose one each, copied it out and decorated it. Some of us even correctly guessed the language it was written in!

A kind of jigsaw puzzle helped us to create a “ BIBLE BOOKCASE” with all the books of the Bible in the right order. Do you know how many there are, and the order they come in?

Then we made STICKY TAPE RINGS containing a Bible verse with one of God’s promises, and decorated it with jewel stickers. We talked about some of these promises and how important it is to keep our promises - and how God, unlike us, always keeps the promises he makes.

Next, two activities reminding us about some of the things the Bible tells us about Jesus : we made CROWNS for the KING OF KINGS and then discussed what it means to say  JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

Finally, we had great fun making BALLOON POWERED CARS and seeing how far they went. This was a fun illustration of what we are told to do in the Bible: spread the Good News about Jesus around the world. 

After our celebration in the church, pulling together some of the things we had learned through the activities, we returned to the hall for our meal of pasta, meatballs and tomato sauce, followed by our very last craft activity: just as the Bible is made up of many different kinds of book, and a huge range of stories, so our DIY One Book, many treasures pudding was made up of a variety of different fruits and bases.

Next Messy Church: Sunday October 28th
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838