'Messy Christmas' at Ravenmeol's Community Centre

Girl blowing coloured bubbles On Sunday 20th November, Messy Church Formby celebrated Christmas (A little early but know one seemed to mind!). Through a variety of activities we looked at different elements of Christmas: the reason for Christmas; Joseph's dream; angels; giving and what we can give to Jesus. In typical Messy Church fashion we got creative and very messy!

The Activities
Jesus in the Manger
Children making Jesus in the manger Luke 2 v 6-7: "While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. "

Boy with his Jesus in a mangerUsing a biscuit, some shredded wheat and a jelly baby we made our own Jesus in the manager. Whilst doing this we discussed the reason for Christmas - a celebration of the birth of Christ.

Bubble dream printing:
Girl making dream pictureMatthew 2 v 20-21: “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother."



Dream bubble pictureJoseph had a dream where God told him to return Israel. Joseph listened to what God told him to do. In this activity we were asked to draw Joseph's dream and then using a special paint and bubble mixture, dip the picture into it to make dream like picture. Some on the end results were truely celestial. During this activity we discussed what God is saying to us.


Christmas Angels
Mum and dughter making angelsLuke 2 v 9 - 10: An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

We made beautiful angels with lots of glitter and discussed that angels are real - messengers of God.


Christmas Cards:
Girls making Christmas cards. John 3 v 1: There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, "Rabbi, we all know you're a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren't in on it."

Making Christmas cards to give to our loved ones. Giving to others is an important part of being a Christian whether it be a gift, your time or your love.



Pea-oneering : What can we give to baby Jesus.
Boy making pea structure Matthew 2 : 11: They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

This activity involved making something using dried peas and cocktail sticks. We had some fabulous creations, everyone really used their imaginations.

Rev Nichols and John Paton playing pea footieReverend Harvey Nichols and Reader John Paton decided to have a quick game of pea footie - they were quite puffed out by the end.



Rainbow Prayer
Rainbow prayersLuke 2 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

The Shepherds gave thanks to God for the birth of Jesus . We made drew Rainbows on a long piece of paper and added our prayers to the different bands of colour.



Reindeer Food:
Boy making reindeer food Psalm 147 : 9: He gives food to the wild animals and feeds the young ravens when they cry.

God provides for the animals of this world so we too must provide for them. We made Reindeer food and parceled it up for Christmas.




Bible Box :
Group discussing biblesA chance to look at lots of different bibles focusing on the Story of Christmas.

Luke 2 v 1 -20: The Birth of Jesus
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.). All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.Jesus in manger sweets

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don't be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Girls making angelsSuddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

The worship
Giant cracker being pulledAfter an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. Emily and Lesley used songs and an enormous CHRISTmas cracker to explain the importance of the Christmas story. Inside the Cracker was: a baby - Baby Jesus the greatest gift ever; a motto - The Good News that Jesus brought and a hat - The crown of a King.

Jesus is the reason for the season balloon.Afterwards we wrote prayers on cards and attached them to balloons which we threw into the air so that everyone had someone else's prayer to take home.The balloons reminded us that Jesus is the reason for the season.

After the worship, we tucked in to a hot dog 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.

Girls writing prayers for their balloonsIf you would like to join us at Messy church, then the next one is at Regate School on Sunday 4th December and then again at Ravenmeol's on 22nd January 2012. Why not come and join the fun.