Messy Church


31
Oct 2020

Our Message

The Good News of Jesus as told by John another friend of Jesus.

Who Is John?

He was born in Bethsaida (Galilee) and died in Ephesus
(modern day Turkey) in about 100AD. It is thought that he lived to be 93 or
94 years old. He was a Jewish fisherman whose parents were Zebedee and
Salome and he had a brother called James. Both John and James were
disciples of Jesus. His Gospel (story of Jesus) was written in Greek for Jews
and non-Jews (Gentiles) in Palestine and for Jews outside their home
country. John also wrote three letters and the book of Revelation which is
the last book of the Bible. His symbol is an eagle.

Our Story

So, this can be found in St John’s Gospel which is the fourth book
in the New Testament. The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’. The gospel
writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all wrote the story of Jesus according
to how they saw it and who they were writing for. Much of John’s Gospel
was written because he was a friend of Jesus and was close to Him. Some of
it would have come from other writings of the time. The final form of the
story was written around 90-110 AD. John’s account tells especially about
Jesus’ teaching on eternal life – how we can live forever! Parables and
miracles like the ones in the other gospels are told more like stories and
teachings. John begins his story by reminding us that Jesus – The Word –
was there at the creation of the world. Chapter 1 begins ‘In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.’
JESUS IS GOD!

Come On In To Messy Church At Home

  Watch it in full screen here.

If you watch above the videos should play in a row, but if not here is the list.

  1. Welcome to Messy Church at Home – Messy Church 1.
  2. Video: Jesus turns water into wine.
  3. Welcome back to a new world – Messy Church 2.
  4. Big It Up For Jesus.
  5. The woman at the well- Messy Church 3.
  6. Video: Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead.
  7. Risen bread and people – Messy Church 4
  8. Song: My Lighthouse.
  9. Prayer shack and bye bye – Messy Church 5.

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@Bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Do a painting (John 1:1-18)
  2. Make a jig saw (John 1:1-18)
  3. Make a wine glass (John2:1-11)
  4. Make a well (John 4:4-20)
  5. Do an experiment with water (John 6:16-21)
  6. Make some bread! (John 6:22-59)
  7. Make a game (John 11:1-44)
  8. Make a traffic light bookmark (John 14:6)
  9. Make a bunch of grapes-or a whole vine! (John 15:1-5)
  10. Catch some fish (John 21:1-24)
  11. Prayer Shack – use water
  12. Have fun colouring and puzzling 1
  13. Have fun colouring and puzzling 2
  14. Have fun colouring and puzzling 3
  15. Have fun colouring and puzzling 4

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

Big It Up For Jesus.

My Light House.

Food

Enjoy the bread this month.


03
Oct 2020

Our Message

The Good News of Jesus as told by Matthew another friend of Jesus.

Who Is Matthew?

It is thought he was born in Cyrene, Libya at about the same time as Jesus and that he died for his faith in Alexandria, Egypt in 68AD where he had set up the first church in Africa. He is thought to be one of Jesus’ 72 disciples who are mentioned in Luke 10 :1-17. He was a friend of Peter (the fisherman who became one of the 12 disciples close to Jesus). Also, he travelled with Paul on some of his journeys – you can read about this in the Acts of the Apostles. This is the fifth book of the New Testament and tells how the church began after Jesus had died, risen and went up to heaven. You can see that Mark was close to the action and well placed to write down the good news of Jesus. His symbol is a winged lion.

Our Story

So, this can be found in St Matthew’s Gospel which is the first book in the New Testament. The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’. The gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all wrote the story of Jesus according to how they saw it and who they were writing for. It seems that Mark’s gospel was probably the first to be written and much of it can also be found in Matthew and Luke. Matthew’s skill was in putting words on paper. He knew Aramaic and Greek and was the first person to compile an account of Jesus’ teaching. It was written in Hebrew. The Gospel was written from that account for the Jews. In it he emphasises the teachings that Jesus fulfils the prophecies from the Old Testament and encourages the Jews to keep the Old Testament laws as well as giving details about the life and other teachings of Jesus.

Come On In To Messy Church At Home

  Watch it in full screen here.

If you watch above the videos should play in a row, but if not here is the list.

  1. Welcome to Messy Church at Home – Messy Church 1.
  2. Video: Jesus calls Matthew.
  3. Welcome back to the Romans – Messy Church 2.
  4. Won’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing.
  5. Craft – Flowers, rocks and Sand – Messy Church 3.
  6. Video: Losing sheep.
  7. Crafty biscuits and Prayer Shack actions – Messy Church 4
  8. Song: I Am A Friend Of God.
  9. Goodbye & Outtakes– Messy Church 5.

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@Bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a family tree (Matt 1:1-17)
  2. Make a happiness poster (Matt 5:1-11)
  3. Make some happy cakes!
  4. Learn the Lord’s Prayer with actions (Matt 6:1-15)
  5. Make some flowers (Matt 6:25-34)
  6. An experiment – Build a house that stands up (Matth 7:24-25)
  7. Make a centurion’s helmet (Matt 8:5-13)
  8. Make an edible sheep (Matt 18:10-14)
  9. Prayer Shack – Make a garden (Matt 26:36-46)
  10. Solve a problem (Matt 28:16-20)
  11. Have fun colouring and puzzling

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

Won’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing.

I Am A Friend Of God.

Food

Happy cakes or lost sheep for you to make this month check out the pack for this month.


06
Sep 2020

Our Message

The Good News of Jesus as told by Mark a friend of Jesus.

Who Is Mark?

It is thought he was born in Cyrene, Libya at about the same time as Jesus and that he died for his faith in Alexandria, Egypt in 68AD where he had set up the first church in Africa. He is thought to be one of Jesus’ 72 disciples who are mentioned in Luke 10 :1-17. He was a friend of Peter (the fisherman who became one of the 12 disciples close to Jesus). Also, he travelled with Paul on some of his journeys – you can read about this in the Acts of the Apostles. This is the fifth book of the New Testament and tells how the church began after Jesus had died, risen and went up to heaven. You can see that Mark was close to the action and well placed to write down the good news of Jesus. His symbol is a winged lion.

Our Story

So, this can be found in St Mark’s Gospel which is the second book in the New Testament. The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’. The gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all wrote the story of Jesus according to how they saw it and who they were writing for. It seems that Mark’s gospel was probably the first to be written and much of it can also be found in Matthew and Luke. It was probably written for the people living in Rome who had converted to Christianity. Mark turns out to be ‘an action man’! He writes things down as if they happen quickly one after another. He urgently needs to share with others what he has seen and heard. Mark’s gospel is a good place to start in knowing about Jesus. Although his story is short it is packed with wonderful things!

Come On In To Messy Church At Home

  Watch it in full screen here.

If you watch above the videos should play in a row, but if not here is the list.

  1. Welcome to Messy Church at Home.
  2. Video: All about Mark.
  3. Welcome back!
  4. A super Christening.
  5. Craft – A messy bug.
  6. Song: Great, great, brill, brill.
  7. Be like the kids.
  8. Song: Every move.
  9. Prayer shack and goodbye.

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@Bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a bee & honeycomb (Mark 1:4-6)
  2. Make an edible locust!
  3. Use a shell & candle to remember baptism.
  4. Make a dove (Mark 1:9-11)
  5. Do some experiments with light (Mark 4:21-23)
  6. Grow something (Mark 4:26-29)
  7. Make a mobile (Mark 6:30-44)
  8. Do some experiments about hearing
  9. Celebrate speaking! (Mark 7:31-37)
  10. Make a collage (Mark 10:13-16)
  11. Prayer Shack – the empty tomb (Mark 16:1-8)
  12. Have fun colouring and puzzling!

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

Food

There was a great locust to make on this months video and web page. Now enjoy the taste.


01
Aug 2020
Our Message: Church Assemble! One body of misfits unites to form an unbeatable team! (You know – like the Superhero Avengers!)
Our Heroes: Us – (and The Avengers)

Our Story

Can be found in the New Testament – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 This is a letter written by the apostle Paul (we’ve come across him before) to the new church in Corinth. Hopefully you will remember that Paul wrote lots of letters – sometimes to tell people off for doing the wrong thing and often to be encouraging. In this letter it’s both. He wanted the people to understand that they were all different but equally important in the church and they all had something vital to do in the church family. Some people in the church seemed to think they were more important than others and he points out that we are like a body – no part can work properly on it’s own. We shall see today how, when we all work together, we can really be Jesus’ body on earth – we can share the Good News and encourage people to live God’s way and not their own. We are God’s Team!

Come On In To Messy Church At Home

 

Watch it in full screen here.

If you watch above the videos should play in a row, but if not here is the list.

The Avengers Assemble

In this film there is a dangerous enemy threatening the safety of the world. The leader who is in charge of international defence decides that no single Superhero can deal with this immense problem and so gathers a group of them in the hope that together they will beat the enemy. He calls Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk (and Black Widow ‘cos she’s a girl and you’ve got to have at least one!). Each character brings their own strengths – flight, armour, a shield, a hammer, intelligence, cleverness …….. When they
work together they form a powerful team, they support each other and, of course, finally defeat the enemy!

The activities are below but before you can find more about our topic in this video.

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a Superhero outfit.
  2. Superhero mask template
  3. Superhero shield and bookmarks
  4. Superhero pixel art
  5. Cooking for superheroes
  6. Split pin and junk bodies
  7. Bodies and limbs
  8. ‘Senses’ – edible!
  9. ‘Hands & Feet’
  10. Prayer shack – the church is a team
  11. Have a quiet time colouring & puzzling!

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

Food

There was plenty to make on this months video and web page. Now enjoy the superhero taste.


04
Jul 2020
Our Message: We should find ways to use our God given talents to help our community
Our Heroes: Rahab the Rescuer Deborah the Leader & Esther the Defender. Three women in the Bible who Changed their Community

Our Story

Rahab lived in a city called Jericho. It was a place where many bad things happened and God was not pleased with the people who lived there. Two Hebrew spies were sent to find out what was going on in the city. Rahab rescued the spies by hiding them in her home. She helped them escape – they climbed down a rope which she hung from a high window. Later she and her family were rescued by God before He destroyed Jericho (Joshua 2)

Deborah was a judge and a prophet and a leader of Israel whose people were being badly treated. She listened to God who one day told her that her people should rise up against their oppressors. She was brave and went with the army and they won. After that they had peace for many years. (Judges 4).

Esther was a beautiful Israelite girl who became Queen when she married King Xerxes. He reigned over many different groups of people including the Israelites. The King was persuaded by some bad men to hurt the Israelites ut Esther bravely stood up for her people. She cleverly planned a huge banquet when she asked the King not to harm them because she was also an Israelite. He agreed and so she protected them from harm. It was important that she was in the right place at the right time (Esther).

Come On In To Messy Church At Home

If you watch above the videos should play in a row, but if not here is the list.

Story Videos

The activities are below the but before you can find more about our heroes in these videos.

Rahab

Deborah

Esther

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Be a spy with secret messages
  2. Help the spies escape
  3. Red cord prayers
  4. Make a collage of Deborah
  5. Do an edible craft!
  6. Make a sword bookmark
  7. Make Esther a crown
  8. Make sweets for a banquet
  9. Prepare for a banquet
  10. Prayer Shack
  11. Have a quiet time colouring and puzzling

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

The Incredible Song – Doug Horley/Duggie Dug Dug

You are so incredible that you can change your community.

God can do anything – Doug Horley/Duggie Dug Dug

And so can you with God.

Food

No Messy Sunday session would be complete without food!
Which means now is the time to have that banquet.


06
Jun 2020

Our Message: We should share the Good News of Jesus for good

Our Hero: PAUL – adventurer committed to Jesus

Our story:

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He went up to heaven. As He promised, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples and other followers of Jesus. We celebrate this at Pentecost which was last Sunday. This was the beginning of the Church. Christians were on fire for Jesus and went everywhere telling people the Good News about His life and message. To start with they thought the message was only for the Jews but when Paul came along he spoke to the Gentiles – people who were not Jews. That is why Paul is so important for us because he began to spread the message about Jesus in Europe and so it came to us. That is how the UK became a Christian country!

Paul had a very exciting and difficult life. He had lots of amazing adventures and suffered many hardships. You can read about this in the Bible in the book called the Acts of the Apostles. As part of his work he wrote many letters both to churches and individuals. Out of 27 books in the New Testament he wrote 13!

Story Videos

The activitie are below the videos but before that you can find his story in two videos on YouTube. Look at: Saddleback kids St Paul’s ministry (3min) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlXFy3zjJh4 or below.

And then at Sharefaith kids St Paul’s missionary journeys (4min) here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPvri3f77tU or below.

Activities   

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

How about taking some photos of your Messy session and sending them to Max@bedhampton.church

You can download all the activities in one file here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a mini campsite scene
  2. Construct a ‘tent’ den
  3. Make hand shadows
  4. Make a friendship bracelet
  5. Do an edible craft!
  6. Make a boat – and sink it!
  7. Make your own jig saw
  8. Make a thaumatrope!
  9. Can you make a poisonous snake?
  10. Prayer Shack – Write a letter …………
  11. Have a quiet time colouring and puzzling

Songs

Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.

This Little Light Of Mine

Every Move I Make | Dance-A-Long

Food

No Messy Sunday session would be complete without food!
What sort of food would you take on a camping trip? Maybe picnic food like sandwiches and fruit – or perhaps a BBQ?
If you set up some kind of ‘tent’ in your house or garden perhaps you could eat a meal in your tent?


02
May 2020

Our Message: Even if we seem helpless God can use us for good

Our Hero: MOSES – helpless baby to great leader

Our story:

The story of Moses and the people of Israel returning from slavery in Egypt can be found in books 2 – 5 of the Old Testament part of the Bible. Today we will look at the part of Moses’ life from when he was a baby in Egypt to when he guided the people through the Sinai Desert back towards their promised home in Canaan. (Exodus 1 – 20). Moses didn’t reach it. After he died it was the task of God’s messenger, Joshua, to take them across the River Jordan and help them to set up their home.
This is long and difficult reading so we suggest you watch the video of the story of Moses in the Beginners’ Bible. Many families will know about ‘Moses in the bulrushes’. He was a weak and helpless baby who was brought up by an Egyptian princess. Throughout his life he had to overcome his weaknesses to do what God asked of him. However, he became a great leader who followed God faithfully and lead His people
out of slavery. This is our message today – that we can do great things for God even if we seem helpless.

Activities

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

You can download the full Messy Sunday activity book here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a basket for baby Moses
  2. Make an Egyptian cartouche
  3. Make a pyramid gift box
  4. Make a ‘Burning Bush’
  5. Make an origami frog
  6. Make a model of crossing the Red Sea
  7. Make a bookmark
  8. Do an edible craft!
  9. Complete the emoji 10 Commandments!
  10. Make a folding book about Moses
  11. Prayer Shack – ‘Basket prayers’
  12. Have a quiet time colouring and puzzling
    1. Colouring and Puzzling 1
    2. Colouring and Puzzling 2
    3. Colouring and Puzzling 3
    4. Colouring and Puzzling 4
    5. Colouring and Puzzling 5
    6. Colouring and Puzzling 6
    7. Colouring and Puzzling 7

Song – ‘The Way of the Brave’ by !Audacious Kids

Story Song – The Baby in the Basket – Written by Bob Hartman and Sam Hargreaves

Song – You Are Young

Food

No Messy Sunday session would be complete without food! If you have sausages this week how about having gravy as the River Nile, mash as a basket and a sausage as Moses! Try it!

I hope you will also try one of the edible crafts – in which case there’s your pudding! Of course God gave the hungry Israelites in the desert ‘manna’ to eat – it fell from the sky.

All because Moses did what God wanted him to do!


10
Apr 2020

Welcome to the Bedhampton Easter Fun Day 2020 at home. Below you can download all sorts of fun activities to print off and do together at home as you explore the Easter story.

You can download the Easter fun day of craft, stories and activities here.

You can watch this short video all about the Easter story before you begin.


05
Apr 2020

Sunday 5th April 2020 is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week which leads up to Easter in the Christian calendar. The markers in the week are: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. If you have a Parish Magazine you will find more information on page 3.

Palm Sunday

In our virtual Palm Sunday we first walk up from St Thomas’ Church to St Nicholas’ Church following some donkeys and waving leaves and palm crosses. This represents Jesus riding into Jerusalem in triumph. The people lined the road cheering and shouting ‘Hosanna!’ he came as a King – but He was riding on a donkey. What kind of a King was he?

Read : Matthew 21 v 1-11. This is a passage from the Bible which tells this part of the story. Use a suitable version for your family – toddler, children’s, youth Bible. Or look online by clicking the link above or this one: DLTK’s Bible Stories.

Activities

See following pages for instructions. Hopefully you will have most of the materials needed. You just need to decide which activities are suitable for the age group of your family.

You can download the full Messy Palm Sunday activity book here or the individual pages below.

  1. Make a Palm Cross
  2. Make a card donkey with ‘peg legs’!
  3. Make a nail and wool heart
  4. Decorate a paper plate and cup
  5. Make a placemat for each member of the family
  6. Make a black and white cross
  7. Make a fold and tear cross
  8. Make a rolling marble picture
  9. Make or buy and decorate biscuits or cakes
  10. Make an Easter Garden
  11. Prayer Shack – Easter thoughts
  12. Have a quiet time colouring and puzzling

Song

Sing a song of actions to the king on Palm Sunday.

Prayers

Our friend Peter shows us how to pray.

Story

Song

Remember God loves you.

You’ll probably eat hot cross buns and chocolate eggs over the Easter week!

Food

You’ll probably eat hot cross buns and chocolate eggs over the Easter weekend (and at other times!). Both of these are meaningful for Christians at Easter. The cross on the bun reminds us of Jesus dying on a cross to save us. We remember this on Good Friday. The eggs remind us of new life and that Jesus rose from the dead. We celebrate this on Easter Sunday!