Messy Joshua at Ravenmeol's Community Centre
On Sunday 16th September, Messy Church Formby reconveened after the summer break to spend the afternoon learning about Joshua. All the activities were based on elements of Joshua's story and what we learn about God from these.
Joshua and the battle of Jericho
After the death of Moses, God chose Joshua, son of Nun, to be the leader of the Israelite people. They set about to conquer the land of Canaan, under the Lord's guidance. God said to Joshua, "Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
God told Joshua to march around the city of Jericho once every day for six days with the seven priests carrying horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times and the priests were to blow their horns. This Joshua did, and he commanded his people not to give a war-cry until he told them to do so. On the seventh day, after marching around the city the seventh time, the priests sounded their horns, and Joshua ordered the people to shout. The walls of the city collapsed, and the Israelites were able to charge straight into the city. The city was completely destroyed, and every man, woman, and child in it was killed. Only Rahab and her family were spared, because she had hidden two spies sent by Joshua.
Make a wall
Using fondant icing, some food colouring and dried fruit we made stones which we used to create a wall. As you can see the ladies enjoyed this activity. Whilst making stones we talked about how the walls of Jericho tumbled down. How can walls be made stronger? How can we be made stronger? Jesus and God as our rocks, our foundations to build upon.
Making horns to blow the wall down
God told Joshua what to do, blowing a trumpet at the walls of Jericho may not have sounded a good idea. But Joshua did as God told him.
Joshua chapter 1; Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
We made horns and decorated them to represent the horns blown by the Isrealites.
Messy worship ribbons were made to wave about in celebration of the conquering of Jericho.
Painting stones with pictures relating to Joshua.
We arranged flowers to make pretty table arrangements. The purpose of this activity was to illustrate The beauty of creation and all the colourful, wonderful things God has made and how He makes the flowers grow - seeds, sunshine, rain etc.
Revealing God's Love
God is invisible. We can’t see Him, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t real. He loves each one of us. He watches over us. If we give our lives to Him He will lead us, show us His way and meet our needs. He is with us all the time, and always ready to listen to us and help us.
To illustrate this we used white wax crayons to draw pictures and write messages on a piece of paper. When the paper was then painted it revealed the pictures and message.
Movers and Shakers:
Psalm 100 ; .’Make a joyful noise unto the Lord - We are invitated to worship God not solemnly, but with joy and gladness, as if to a wedding.
We made shakers to make lots of noise to celebrate our time with God and Messy Church.
After an hour of activities, we began our time of celebration and worship. John talked about Joshua and the battle of Jericho and how it relates to God. There was plenty of singing and dancing and we ended with a time of prayer
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.
If you would like to join us at Messy church, then the next one is at Regate School on Sunday 14th October and then again at Ravenmeol's on 18th November 2012. Why not come and join the fun.