Messy Church At Home – Mark

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.


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

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!


Enjoy some songs and dance before you have a munch.


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