Messy Esther at Ravenmeol's Community Centre

Esther and Mordecai in puppet formOn Sunday 22nd April 2012, Messy Church Formby spent the afternoon learning about Queen Esther through arts, crafts, worship and songs. Through a variety of activities we looked at Esther's life and how through her courage, God could use her to save the Jews.

The Story of Esther
Esther was a Jewish girl who had been taken captive. After her parents died, she was adopted by a family member, Mordecai, who raised her as his own daughter.

King Xerxes was looking for a new queen. Many young women were considered, but after a year of beauty treatments, Esther was chosen to be the new queen.

Haman was the most powerful man in the kingdom besides the king. He was an evil man who hated the Jewish people and plotted to have them killed. Mordecai persuaded Esther to go to the king and plead for the lives of the Jewish people. She could be killed for going before him when she hadn't been called. But she was brave and went to see the king. She invited him and the evil man, Haman, to a banquet. During the meal, she revealed the plot against the Jews and accused Haman. Haman was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai, and the Jews were allowed to defend themselves. Mordecai was honored.

The Activities
Girl having makeup applied 'In preparation for the King, Esther was given various beauty treatments. Such treatments can make us feel special. We are all special in God's eyes and He loves each of us

The children and adults alike enjoyed a bit of pampering with hand massages, makeup, tattoos and hair gel!

Child decorating cake Banquets
There are 10 banquets in the book of Esther so we decided to create our own banquet by decorating cakes and crackers.



Making a Crown
Children building with boxesKing Xerxes chooses Esther to be his queen. There were problems but Esther's faith in God enabled her to have courage to save the Jews. Making crowns fit for a king or queen was great fun.




Decorating a palace
Making a big picture of a palaceEsther and Xerxes lived in a huge palace like our own queen. Some people have no home - refugees, homeless people in our own country. Jesus said in Heaven there are namy mansions and He has gone to prepare a place for us. What do you think our heavenly home will be like?

Using colourful and shiny pieces of paper we decorated a large Palace which was later used in the worship.


Hand prints:
Boy sieving sand When things looked hopeless, Esther trusted in God and knew He was holding her hand. God will do the same for us.

This activity involved decoding a message and then making hand prints to remind us that God is always holding our hand.

Making a clock
Making a clockEsther is in the right place at the right time for God to use her to save the Jewish people - God's timing is perfect

This activity involved making a paper clock to remind us that God's timing is just perfect.



Girl making star picture By fitting together all the pieces of a jigsaw you can see the picture. God takes the pieces of our lives and fits them together for good.




Pocket Promise
God promises that he will never leave us (Joshus 1:5) - Making either a shirt or skirt out of card with a pocket. The idea of this activity was for the card shirt/skirt to be taken home with a verse to be memorised so that you remember that this is God's promise for you.


The worship
messy worshipAfter an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. The puppets joined us and together with leaders Lesley and Emily told the story of Esther. There was plenty of singing and dancing as well and we ended with a time of prayer

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.


PuppetsIf you would like to join us at Messy church, then the next one is at Regate School on Sunday 20th May and then again at Ravenmeol's on 24th June 2012. Why not come and join the fun.