Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Moses in the bulrushes: prayers for safety

Last week's Messy Church was based around the story of baby Moses being left in a basket in the river by his mother. What we focussed on was the theme of safety: thanking God for those who keep us safe and asking God to keep others safe.  Here is the prayer activity we ended with. It was so easy but felt so significant!

You will need: cupcake cases, mini pom poms (it really helps if you put one pom pom in each cake case before you start), a long box filled with water (or several boxes if you have lots of people).

Talk about people who keep us safe, just like Moses' mum tried to keep him safe from the Egyptians and then safe on the water. Are there any times when God has kept you safe? Who do you know who needs help to stay safe at the moment? (We had lots of suggestions e.g. homeless people, people who were going to have an operation, people who were going on a journey).

Invite everyone to take cake case with a pom pom in it and think about someone who keeps them safe  or someone who needs help to keep safe. Either say thank you to God or ask God to help them. When they have prayed, ask them to float the case on the water as a sign of their prayer.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Isaac and the Stars Decorated Biscuits

This is a fun activity we will be doing with our children on Sunday when they look at the story surrounding the birth of Isaac.  Food crafts always go down well but this one is also a reminder of what God has earlier said to Abraham.

Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, "Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That's how many descendants you will have!" Genesis 15:5

You will need: plain biscuits (Rich Tea or Digestive are good), icing sugar, water, star shaped sprinkles, Jelly Babies

Make some thick icing out of the icing sugar and water and spread some of it over a biscuit.

Sprinkle on some stars and then place a Jelly Baby on top.

Talk about: What is your favourite part of the story?
Who is your favourite character?
How would you have felt if you were Isaac's parents?
What is a promise?
What does it feel like the someone keeps their promise?
Do you wonder anything about this story?

Thank God for our families and then eat the biscuits!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Printable Lent Journey Booklets

Easter is coming way sooner than seems possible! Lent starts next week so here are some ideas to get things going...

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the day when people use up all of the rich foods in their homes, ready for the Lent fasting to begin. This is not a cooking activity (because every time I make pancakes it is a total disaster!), but it is an active way to celebrate and thank God for the good gifts He has given us.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and a day where we have a chance to say sorry for things we have done wrong and to think about our lives. This post contains a simple interactive liturgy, an 'ash' related prayer activity and a craft to draw out the themes of the day.

Some simple ideas to help families engage with the season of Lent. The printable booklet includes prayers, activities, and colouring sheets.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Exploring God's Character: 'God is...' Play Dough Mat

At Cafe church last week we were talking about the different aspects of God's character and how different people are drawn to different pictures of who He is.  We looked at different images from the Bible...

  • A Father (Hosea 11: 1-4)
  • A Shepherd (Psalm 23)
  • A Mother Hen (Matthew 23:37)
  • A King and a Warrior (Psalm 24: 8-9)
  • The Creator (Isaiah 40: 28)
  • Love (1 John 4: 7-8)
  • A Potter (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
  • A Fortess, a Rock and A Shied (Psalm 18:1-3)
...and then talked about who God was to us.  

This play dough mat was made to help children to explore their ideas in a hands-on way.

To print the mat click here.

Laminate the mat before use if you want to use it multiple times!