Messy Church - 'Love God' at Regate School

Girls enjoying Messy ChurchOn Sunday 16th October Messy Church Formby explored the theme of 'Love God'. We looked at how God loves us and how he calls us to love others. As usual there was a variety of activies based around this theme, all inspired by verses from the bible.We had a very busy and enjoyable afternoon making, painting and worshiping God!


The Activities
Lollipop Fathers: The Fathers unconditional love for us.
Boy making lollipop father

Luke 15 v 20: "When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him."

We had a lovely time making lollipop fathers to help us remember that God loves us even when we do things that are wrong.


Friendship Bracelets:
Friends making friendship braceletJohn 15 v 13-14: This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.

We plated strands of wool together to make pretty friendship bracelets to give to our friends.

 

 

Celebration Cocktails
Making fruit cocktailsLuke 15 v 7: Count on it—there's more joy in heaven over one sinner's rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

We made fruit cocktails to celebrate when we turn to God.

 

Tears of God:
Tear drop with writing on it - what makes God sad. John 11 v35: "Master, come and see," they said. Now Jesus wept.

We wrote down things that would make God sad. God cries out of love for his people.

 


 

Decorating Gingerbread Men:
Decorating gingerbread men Luke 15 v 11-12: Then he said, "There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, 'Father, I want right now what's coming to me.'

Decorating two gingerbread men to show the difference between the two sons from the parable of the two sons.

 

 

String Hearts
Girl making string hearts1 John 4 v16-17 We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.

We decorated paper hearts with paint but instead of using paint bushes we used string to make unusual patterns. This was to illustrate that there are lots of different types of love and god's love.

 

Coin Rubbing:
Mother and daughter making coin rubbings Matthew 6 v 24: "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both."

We make coin rubbings of different types of coins to help illustrate that money can be used in different ways but it must not become more important than God.

 

Bible Box :
Group discussing biblesA chance to look at lots of different bibles focusing on the Sory of the prodigal son.

Luke 15 v 11-35: Then he said, "There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, 'Father, I want right now what's coming to me.'

So the father divided the property between them. It wasn't long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

That brought him to his senses. He said, 'All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I'm going back to my father. I'll say to him, Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you; I don't deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.' He got right up and went home to his father.

"When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: 'Father, I've sinned against God, I've sinned before you; I don't deserve to be called your son ever again.'

"But the father wasn't listening. He was calling to the servants, 'Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We're going to feast! We're going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!' And they began to have a wonderful time.

"All this time his older son was out in the field. When the day's work was done he came in. As he approached the house, he heard the music and dancing. Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, 'Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.'

"The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn't listen. The son said, 'Look how many years I've stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!'

"His father said, 'Son, you don't understand. You're with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he's alive! He was lost, and he's found!'"

The worship
Children and parents enjoying worship timeAfter an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. Irene told the story of the Prodigal son helped by our very own puppets.

After the worship, we tucked in to a jacket potato tea followed by an assortment of delicious cakes! During the supper we were able to enjoy a special time of fellowship which included birthday celebrations and lots of chat.

If you would like to join us at Messy church, then the next one is at Ravenmeol's on 20th November and then again at Redgate on 4th December. Why not come and join the fun.