The Holy Spirit @ Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall

child with rain stickThe theme of Messy Church on the 20th July was 'Jesus calms the storm'. We explored the theme through a variety of activities and crafts

Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”


boys making a storm in a bottleStorm in a bottle - The disciples were scared when the boat entered the storm and Jesus was asleep. Jesus told them to have more faith. This activity involved recreating the storm in a bottle by adding water, oil, paint and a picture of a small boat. We discussed if we thought it is helpful to have faith in Jesus when things are tough?


Making a rain stickRain sticks - The disciples were scared of the storm.

Using cardboard tubes, paper and various beads, rice and lentils we created rain sticks. They made a brilliant rain storm noise and whilst making them we discussed what makes us feel scared?



edible boatsEdible Boats - Jesus calmed the storm. How did he do it? Is Jesus powerful? What other things do you think he can do? This activity involved making boats out of tomatoes and cucumber, filled with cheese and dips. These little boats didn't last long - they went on a stormy journey down our tummies.



A moving picture of the storyMoving boat picture - We made moving pictures to illustrate the story and talked about whether we had ever felt that our life was like a rocky boat? What helped us to calm it down again?




Boy at boat prayer stationPrayer Station - Learning how to pray about a difficult or upsetting situation.

For this activity we put a boat in one bowl of water and stirred quickly to produce a storm. We told God about our problem or difficulty. Then we moved the boat to the second bowl and let it float gently whilst asking God to help with the problem.



Boat pictures

making boat picturesWhat makes you feel all mixed up? What makes you feel calm and peaceful?

We painted pictures - a storm or a sunny day, or something that makes you feel all mixed up or something that makes you feel peaceful.



The Worship

the children reenact the calming of the storm at worshipAfter an hour of activities we moved into the Jubilee hall for the worship part of the afternoon. We sang songs and then Caroline re-enacted the story of Jesus calming the storm with the help of the children, costumes and a rather clever boat. After the worship there was food and a time of fellowship.

The next Messy Church at Holy Trinity Parish Hall will be in October, but if you can't wait until then Messy Church is being held at Regate School on Sunday, 19th October. We'd love to see you there.