Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Light of the World Sun Catchers (with printable picture sheet)

This is one of our most popular crafts at last week's Messy church and was a hit with all ages- from adults down to the youngest children.  These sun catchers are great to colour and display in your window.  Let the light shine through!

You will need: Clear acetate, Sharpies or permanent markers, copies of the picture sheet. To print the sheet click here

Print off the picture sheet and either 

1:Photocopy it onto clear acetate, cut out the individual pictures and let children colour them with markers


2. Lay clear acetate over the top of the picture sheet so that children can trace over the outlines of the pictures with black marker before cutting out the picture and colouring the rest of it in.

Have fun!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Light of the World Play Dough Mat

We are getting ready for our light party next week and a light themed Messy Church as well!  This is one of the activities for Messy Church that we just might have on hand at the party as well.  Play dough is always a favourite.

If you want to print out the mat, click here. Remember to laminate the mats if you want to reuse them in the future :-)

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

God With Us: Crumpled Paper Paintings

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

This craft is a very visual way of helping children to explore the idea of the presence of God with them, even in the hardest of times. 

You will need: sheets of paper, watered down ready mix paint,  paintbrushes, wax crayons or oil pastels.

Screw the piece of paper up into a ball. 

Open the paper out and look at all of the creases. 

Rub a crayon or oil pastel over the creases and they will pick up the colour. Think about times when life has seemed a bit like this creased up piece of paper; when things have gone wrong in life, or when things have been hard or painful.

Let children choose a paint colour that most represents God to them and use it to paint over the top of the creases until all of the white paper has been covered. Even though you can still see the creases, the 'God' colour is right there alongside them and next to them, surrounding them.

Prayer Idea: As you paint your colour over the creases, pray that people who are sad or afraid or ill will know that God is with them.