Who is Jesus?!

Cornflour goo showing how somethings aren't as they seemOn Sunday 22nd May, Messy Church Formby explored the theme of 'who is Jesus?' and celebrated its 1st Birthday! Messy Church Formby has been such a success that we felt we had to celebrate in style - with a scrumptious chocolate cake made by our very own Kath!

As is our tradition there was a variety of activities to help us think about Jesus and who he is. New and familiar families joined in the fun, followed by worship with a twist and a picnic tea.

The Activities
Boy making a braceletBracelet Making :
Different aspects of Jesus' life were represented by special beads which were incorporated into a bracelet: His birth (Star), life as a man (Block of wood - carpenter), ministry (Fish - a fisher of men), love for us (Heart), death for our sins and resurrection (Cross). A lovely keepsake and a wonderful reminder of Jesus' life.

Gifts of love:
Jesus was the greatest gift ever given. He was a gift of love from God to us. (John 3:16).

This activitiy involved making a gift of love by building and decorating a box into which is sealed a kiss. The box is given to someone special along with this lovely poem.

Photo of little boy making his gift of love This is a very special gift,
That you can never see,
The reason it's so special is,
It's just for you from me.
Whenever you are happy,
Or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift,
And know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it,
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart,
it's filled with love inside.


Sorry Cards :
Boy making a card Jesus died to pay for ur sins. What have we done wrong that we could say sorry for? (Matthew 26:27-29).

This was an opportunity to make a card to say sorry to someone for something you have done wrong or to say thank you for something someone has done for you.

Family Vine:
Girl adding her name to the treeWe as a church are one big family under God. Jesus says He is the vine and we are the fruit-bearing branches. (John 15:5)

A large sheet with a tree drawn on it was laid on the floor and everyone was invited to add the names of their family to the tree.


Cornflour Goo
Boy playing with goo Things are not always as they first seem. Jesus first appears as a helpless baby - far from His true identity.

Cornflour Goo is a brilliant example of something looking different to how it really is. The goo looks like a slimey liquid but when you touch it it turns to a solid. This was a very messy and tremendously popular activity. Playing with goo is so much fun and slightly weird.

Bible Table:
Many different types of Bibles; traditional, comic strip, youth and story bible. This was a great opportunity to have a look at lots of different types of bibles and colour in some bible story sheets too.

Mother and son decorating eggsEgg Decorating :
Spring signifies rebirth. Just as the seasons die and are reborn so Jesus died and returned to life. (Matthew 28:1-10)



Picture of Jesus
Painting jesusWho is Jesus to us? Each person's relationship with Jesus is unique, what do you think He is like? (Gospels)

The paintings of Jesus were varied, colourful and very personal to each of our artists - fabulous!

Messy church puppets The worship
After an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship with the help of the puppets and Irene.

After a selection of songs by the puppets, the talk, looked at how we are known by many names: first name; surname; brother; sister; mother; father; daughter; uncle; friend; pupil....Jesus has many names too: Saviour, Messiah; Giver of life; Light of the world; Miracle worker; Son of God, Creator of the world....By what ever name we know Jesus, our relationship with him is unique.

Children playing a version of twisterA variation on the game twister was used to illustrate the many names by which Jesus is known and how complicated it can all seem, but they are all Jesus. After prayers and songs everyone was invited to write their name on a heart and stick it to the word that best decsribed Jesus to them

After the worship, we tucked in to a picnic 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 Community Centre on 19th June when we will be looking at Who is the Holy Spirit. . Why not come and join the fun.