Messy Church Blog

On this page we post details of some of our Messy Church activities so you can see what we get up to.

We also thought it might provide ideas for other Messy Churches. If you do find this page useful please let us know. It will encourage us to keep it up to date!

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. […]

February 14, 2017

The Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower

This month we were teaching the Parable of the Sower (or the Parable of the Soils) from Mark 4:1-20.  Jesus teaches that only one response brings life – hearing and accepting God’s word about him. We had at least one activity for each of the four soils. Celebration We learnt ‘The Ballad of Farmer Phil’ by […]

January 25, 2017

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

This month our Messy Church was on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). It’s a very famous story which Jesus tells in answer to the question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25) None of us make the grade (Luke 10:27). We need Jesus, the true Good Samaritan, to come and […]