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Peter Cranch
July 16, 2019

The Rich Young Man

The Rich Young Man

This month Messy Church we looked at the time that a rich young man met Jesus (Matthew 19:16–30). It’s a great incident with a surprising message: Even being super-good can’t make you good enough to get into heaven. But God can do what’s impossible for people – he can save us. (Matthew 19:25–26) Here are […]

July 16, 2019

Easter 2019

Easter 2019

Easter Messy Church is great as we get to teach the heart of the Christian message – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some of the Easter-related activities we did to reinforce the message. Resurrection Rolls We wrapped a marshmallow in some pre-made croissant dough. The roll is baked in the oven […]

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.” […]

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