Messy Church - Walking with Jesus

Girls making footprintsOn Sunday 28th April, Messy Church Formby spent the afternoon exploring the many aspects of 'Walking with Jesus'. through a variety of activities and worship. As you can see from this photo we got very messy indeed!

The Activities

Girl making clay footprintClay Footprints
The children used air drying clay to make foot prints and then they attached the following poem:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you."
Mary Stevenson

Girl with her decorated biscuits Foot biscuits
Jesus did alot of walking due to the fact that there was no transport accept donkeys. Therefore feet were very important. This activity involved decorating foot print shaped biscuits whilst we discussed the story of 'The road to Emmaus' - The Gospel of Luke (Luke 24: 13-35) records the story of two disciples of Jesus who were walking along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they were talking about the death of Jesus, an unknown person met up with them and explained the scriptures to them as they walked. Later on, as the stranger took bread, blessed, broke and shared it with them, their eyes were "opened" and they recognized that their companion was, in fact, Jesus! They rushed back to Jerusalem to share the good news with others.

Boys writing their footprint prayersFootprint Prayers
The children wrote or drew prayers on footprint shaped which we then pinned to the cross. We discussed how when we walk with Jesus we are walking in prayer. Prayer is an important part of our Christian life.

Girls making disciple picturesThe 12 disciples
The 12 disciples walked with Jesus and they were very important friends and companions to him. It can be difficult to remember who all the disciples were, so we made a labelled picture of them. We find the names of the 12 disciples or apostles in Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:14-19, and Luke 6:13-16:

They were Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas the son of James and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Girl with fis mobileBreakfast on the beach
In John 21 verses 1- 14 the disciples go fishing but fail to catch anything. The risen Jesus is on the beach and asks them if they have caught anything. When the disciples reply that they have not, Jesus told them to set their nets over the right side of the boat. They quickly caught many fish and when they reached the beach, they ate fish for breakfast with Jesus.

This activity involved making a fish mobile to signify the catching of fish.

Boys completing the footprint quizFootprint quiz trail
Several footprints were hidden throughout the room and the children had to find them and then answer the questions on each footprint. The questions related to stories from the bible that were used in the other activities such as Breakfast on the beach and The road to Emmaus. The bible table and members of the Green Team were available to help the children find the answers.

Chiuldren tasting different sorts of bread. Tasting Table
There are many stories in the bible where breaking and sharing bread is very important such as the Last Supper.

After the resurrection, Jesus was recognised when he broke bread and bread is a really important part of our tradition and faith. In this activity we tried lots of different types of bread and discussed the importance of bread in our faith.

Girl making footprints with paintMaking footprints
In this activity we took off our shoes and socks, stepped in paint and made our own footprints. By following in Jesus' footsteps we can find our way to Jesus.

Reverend Nichols during messy worshipThe Worship
After an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. Reverend Nichols led the worship and the action songs. He told us the story about Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33) and talked about keeping focused on Jesus and trusting in him.

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.