Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community

For families

Here are some Lent and Easter resources to share with you, pulled together by Jane. Grab some new ideas or store away for another year:

Jane pulled together this useful list for Christmas that is worth keeping in a folder for future use.

Christmas Family Time is an affirming Christmas gift for Messy Churches to give to their Messy families to use at home over the Christmas holiday period.

This minibook aims to transfer the core values of Messy Church to the home and family context, encouraging families to talk together, be creative, be hospitable, be Christ-centred and celebratory, and including activities for all ages.

Using a family-friendly approach the Messy lyfe material draws all ages into a closer understanding of God's love. Through activities, thoughts to reflect upon and short suggested Bible readings, the whole family is given something to think about, be thankful for, to consider in their own lives.

The Gingerbread Nativity uses the popular tradition of making and decorating gingerbread houses and biscuits to explore the themes of Advent and the story of the first Christmas. It includes instructions, diagrammatic illustrations, recipes and top tips for making, baking and decorating, as well as fake or no bake and allergy-free alternatives. It also includes Advent reflection and discussion starters for each session; 25 'taste-a-day' family activities; ideas for a gingerbread themed family service and 'choose and use' ideas for adapting the material for use in other settings.

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