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Peter Cranch
May 14, 2018

Jesus Walks on Water

Jesus Walks on Water

This month at Messy Church we heard about Jesus walking on the water, from John 6:16–24. The miracle shows Jesus’ power to save from death, and the judgement which is coming at the last day. We focussed on John 6:40, “Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and […]

May 14, 2018

The Feeding of the 5000

The Feeding of the 5000

This month we were teaching the account of Jesus feeding the 5000 from John 6. This miracle, like others in John’s Gospel, is a sign pointing to something about Jesus. In this case we focussed on teaching John 6:35, “The Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never […]

January 5, 2018

The Incarnation

The Incarnation

For our Christmas Messy Church we looked at one of the greatest miracles of all, the Incarnation – God became Man! As they arrived each person was given a small artificial Christmas tree (which we bought online). At each activity station they made a decoration to go on the tree, each decoration representing an aspect […]

January 5, 2018

The Healing at the Pool

The Healing at the  Pool

The next sign miracle in John’s Gospel is the healing of the man at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-30). Jesus’ power to command the man is a visual picture of Jesus’ words in John 5:24-25, “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but […]

October 20, 2017

Jesus Heals the Official’s Son

Jesus Heals the Official's Son

This month we looked at the second of Jesus’ miraculous signs in Cana – the healing of the official’s son (John 4:43-54). This miracle goes together with Jesus changing water into wine from last month and shows that he is the coming Messiah who will conquer death and wipe away every tear. The Old Testament […]

October 20, 2017

Jesus Changes Water into Wine

Jesus Changes Water into Wine

This year in Messy Church we’re looking at the ‘sign’ miracles in John’s Gospel. The first of these is the well-known account of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). This miracle shows that Jesus is God’s promised rescuer who has come to bring in God’s eternal kingdom of blessing. […]

June 26, 2017

The Sinful Woman

The Sinful Woman

This month at Messy Church we looked at the account of Jesus at Simon the Pharisees house in Luke 7:36-50. Simon fails to welcome Jesus in the usual manner, but while he is there a woman known for her sinful life shows her extravagant love for Jesus. Jesus tells a mini-parable to teach that the […]

June 26, 2017

The Great Banquet

The Great Banquet

This month we looked at Jesus’ parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14. It’s a wonderful picture of heaven as a great feast and the free welcome to everyone who accepts Jesus’ offer. The parable is also a warning, however, that those who refuse Jesus’ invitation will be shut out from the feast. We […]

April 24, 2017

The Wise and Foolish Builders

The Wise and Foolish Builders

This month we did the well-known parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders. (Matthew 7:24-29, Luke 6:46-49). Jesus’ point is that the one who listens to his words and does them will be safe from the judgement to come. Our activities featured house-building, storms and listening. Sand Pictures The children drew a design with PVA glue on […]

April 24, 2017

The Workers in the Vineyard

The Workers in the Vineyard

This month we heard the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) and learnt about God’s amazing generosity to everyone who comes to him – however undeserving. Time is a big a factor in the story so we made clocks out of old CDs. We painted them with acrylic paint and decorated them. […]

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