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Peter Cranch
March 29, 2019

The Unmerciful Servant

The Unmerciful Servant

We learnt about Jesus’ Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (or the Unforgiving Servant) in Matthew 18:21–35. It shows us how much God forgives us in Jesus, and how that gives us the motivation and power to forgive others. It’s also a warning; if we won’t forgive, we don’t know God and will face his punishment. […]

March 29, 2019

The Treasure and the Pearl

The Treasure and the Pearl

This month at Messy Church we were learning about Jesus’ parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44–46). They teach that God’s kingdom is so good, it’s worth giving anything to get. Pearl Pool The children loved playing with these water beads. And so did the adults! Treasure Field Cupcakes We […]

March 29, 2019

The Mustard Seed and the Yeast

The Mustard Seed and the Yeast

This month at Messy Church we learnt all about Jesus’ parables of the mustard seed and the yeast (Matthew 13:31–34). They teach that God’s kingdom starts small but grows and spreads. Big Tree Painting We drew the outline of a tree on several sheets of paper. The children painted on leaves with their feet. Some […]

March 29, 2019

The Wheat and the Weeds

The Wheat and the Weeds

This month Messy Church was all about Jesus’ parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (sometimes called the Wheat and the Tares) from Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43. It’s a parable that teaches that Jesus is going to deal with all the evil in the world – but not yet. we still have a chance to trust […]

October 23, 2018

The Parable of the Sower (Again)

The Parable of the Sower (Again)

This year we’re looking at Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven from Matthew’s Gospel, so we’re covering the Parable of the Sower again (Matthew 13:1–23). The parable teaches about different responses to the message about Jesus. One, and only one, response produces something better than we could ever imagine – receiving and and understanding […]

September 21, 2018

A New King Comes

A New King Comes

At Messy Church this year we’re looking at some of Jesus’ teaching about The Kingdom of Heaven, recorded in Matthew’s Gospel. This month we began with Matthew 4:17–25. Jesus bursts onto the scene announcing, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” The calling of the fishermen shows us what repentance looks like (v18–22). The […]

August 10, 2018

Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

At Messy Church this month we looked at Jesus’ appearance to Thomas and what it means to have faith in Jesus (John 20:24–31). Our crafts and activities were related to many of Jesus’ resurrection appearances. Fruity Fish Jesus appeared to his disciples and gave them a miraculous catch of fish. The children made fruit fish […]

August 10, 2018

Raising Lazarus

Raising Lazarus

This month at Messy Church we looked at the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11). This sign validates Jesus’ claim in verse 25: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” […]

August 10, 2018

The Blind Man Sees

The Blind Man Sees

At Messy Church this month we looked at Jesus healing the blind man in John 9. The blind man is made to see but the Pharisees, who claim they can already see, are exposed as blind. They refuse to recognise who Jesus is. The key to the account is found in John 9:35–41. Are we […]

August 10, 2018

Easter: The Resurrection

Easter: The Resurrection

At our Easter Messy Church we covered the greatest sign of all in John’s Gospel – Jesus’ resurrection. As the children arrived they made an Easter basket from a paper bowl. They stuck pictures and words around it to tell the Easter story. They filled the basket with shredded paper and six plastic eggs. All […]

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