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St Ives Messy Church team welcomes you to our website! This fun family event is a joint venture between St Ives Christian Fellowship and Crossways Christian Centre and takes place every other month (roughly) on Saturday mornings at Crossways. Download the flyer here for a list of 2019 Messy Church dates.
Please take a look below to see the sorts of things we get up to. Alternatively, follow this link for the National Messy Church website.
Come and find us at St Ives Carnival on Saturday 13th July.
SHEEP BISCUITS

We were learning about Jesus' story about being the shepherd taking care of the sheep. These sheep are made of gingerbread and marshmallow, and I expect they got taken care of when the children got home.

POMPOM VERSES

Continuing the sheep theme... these pom-pom bookmarks carried the memory verse, which are Jesus' own words: "I am the Good Shepherd".

LUNG POWER

Everyone knows it is important to include sport as part of life. So we included a game of blow-the-sheeps-into-the-pens. I watched grown men be repeatedly defeated by their seven-year-old daughters and sons, showing that raw determination can beat age. No-one (quite) passed out, which was good; but there was a lot of spit on the pitch by the end, which was unpleasant.

SHEEP AMONG WILD ANIMALS...

Jesus said that he is like a shepherd that keeps his followers safe from wolves and brings them back home to the pen. Sylvester the sheep finds himself lost, having wandered off. He is now surrounded by many exotic animals. The fox and the lion discuss possible accompaniments for their takeaway ...

...RESCUED BY SHEPHERD

... but suddenly he hears a voice he recognises. It's the shepherd! The shepherd shows up and smacks the fox and lion with his crook. Now the sheep is safe and they can go home together.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Jason explains how the devil has a mission opposite to God's: he wants to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus came to give Life—even giving His own life for us and to bring us back to God. Jesus says: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

GRANDAD NEEDS NEW GLASSES

It's breakfast-time and Grandad can't find his newspaper, or his breakfast, or Olly. Perhaps he needs new glasses? Olly is reluctant to get a lift from grandad to school before he's been to Specsavers. Grandad needs to be able to read the road signs properly to know where he is going. Just as we need to keep our eyes open to follow Jesus—who is the Way.

ROADSIGNS

Jason painting road signs and testing both children's and drivers' memories. The Bible teaches that, without following Jesus as the way, there only no entry and dead ends. We all find ourselves at a crossroads in life deciding which way to go. The wonderful place represented by six blanks that Jason revealed to be Heaven had us wondering in the audience for a moment if it could be Slough.

TRACK

Combining the themes of Jesus being the "Way" and the "Truth" in this quiz two teams answered questions to get a piece of the puzzle track and then laid them end to end. Click to see the video and the full message.

FREESIA FRENZY

Speaks for itself. Jesus is The Life. There was no-one at the table when I took this photo so it was just freesias without the frenzy. The hotdogs did generate a queue.

JESUS IS THE WAY

Finding our way through life can be tricky when there are many different routes. For instance there are lots of ways to get from Loughborough to Derby. Jesus said, "I am the Way". We should follow Him.

BUTTON CROSS II

Some more of this done today. See below.

MAZE

Is life like a maze? These kids know where they want the marble to get to, but there are lots of twists and turns to get there. We learned today that Jesus said, "I am the way to the Father."

LAZARUS STORY

A historically-accurate re-enactment of the Lazarus tomb scene recorded in John. (Click to zoom.) Act I: bearded disciples see a stone rolled across the entrance of Lazarus' tomb. Act II: at Jesus' instruction, the tomb is rolled away. Act III: Lazarus—who was dead—emerges from the tomb, alive and well! Act IV: Jason explains to Olly how this shows Jesus has power of life and death.

PRAISE AND WORSHIP

Worship times are a normal part of church life, no less so at messy church. (The music is just a bit more messy.)

MUMMIES' DAY

Sunday was Mother's day, but Saturday was mummie's day as we played a game to remember Lazarus coming out all wrapped up in cloth. There are really no winners in a game like this.

LAZARUS CUBES

Remember those wooden cube puzzles that can be put together to build six scenes? We made those for the story of Lazarus. • Lazarus sick • Fetching Jesus • Jesus on his way • Mary and Martha crying • Tomb across entrance • Lazarus back to life.

SALT BREAD CITY

Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life". Today we made some salt-dough bread shapes to remind us of this. You can't eat it, but you can take it home and cook it, then paint it.

TOAST COUNTDOWN

I'll have a consonant please, Carol. Only it wasn't Carol it was Pam, and it wasn't a consonant it was a crust. Straight from the toaster (nearly) to the board, we had a race to see which team of kids could unscramble the toasts AMFLBREIFHEADITOE. It turns out the team with loads of older kids who could read won.

BUTTON CROSS

This year we are looking at Jesus famous "I am" sayings, starting with, "I am the Bread of Life". A small section of the cross is filled in, the other sections will get finished in 2019. Click on the picture (on any picture) to take a closer look.

NOT-SO STABLE STABLES

At Christmas Messy Church this year we had a game to build a stable out of marshmallows and Lidl pasta. This impressive effort looks more like an organic molecule found in the stable. (OK, so I am making fun. I guess the point is, it didn't fall down. And our table's did.)

PUPPET MARY AND JOSEPH

The puppet versions of Mary and Joseph usually make an appearance at Messy Church Christmas. As do puppet-Angel, puppet-Donkey, puppet-Wise Man or Herod—depending on how we deploy the king puppet. (He is also King David as it happens.) The delivery of these puppet sketches is astoundingly slick.

JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD

This week we were talking about Jesus: Light of the World. Much fun was had by all making DC lamp circuits.

PETER WALKS ON WATER

A reconstruction of Jesus and the disciples down at the edge of the sea of Galilee. After the disciples had escaped from the crowd they saw who they thought was a ghost, approaching on the water... but it was Jesus! Peter came walking to Jesus on the water, but when he saw the wind and waves, he took his eyes off Jesus and started to sink! Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.

MAKING BOATS

We built our own little boats to take home with figures of Jesus and Peter, and a reminder of the memory verse. Here they are walking on the water. Careful to keep your eyes on Jesus and off the waves, Peter!

NOVEMBER WINDOWS

In November, we had five windows finished from the previous weeks in 2018. Somewhere around people were getting sticky working on the sixth... . Can you work out which stories about Peter are shown in the windows?

BOAT-BUILDING TEAMS

Sometimes you've lots of bits and pieces lying around and you just gotta build a boat and see if it floats. That's what we did today. Most of them did.

PETER ESCAPING FROM JAIL

Do you know angels rescued Peter from jail? You can read all about it in Acts. We made these two-frame sequences to take home, to remind us about the bit where Peter's chains fell off all by themselves.

LANGUAGES AT PENTECOST

In Acts 2, we read about when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and everyone there heard Peter speak in their own language! A few older kids had a go at matching languages against the words—and we listened to mp3! Can you match all these? Click the picture to get a better look :-)

BALANCED DIET

At Messy Church we enjoy a balanced diet as this photo shows. (Balanced part not shown.) We also have sandwiches sometimes, fishfingers, pizza. Always something vegetarian of course.

CARNIVAL

We usually have a stall at the St. Ives Carnival during summer. Keep an eye out for us. Here the puppets are relaxing during their time off.

A PEOPLE NOT A BUILDING

This week we were learning about how the church is the people, not the building. However, you can sometimes stick people on a church building (or stick them in a church building).

OLLY AND GRANDAD

Olly and his friends are an inquisitive bunch and have a lot of questions about life, God, Jesus and the church. Granddad is there for answers.

STABLE CRAFT

In 2019 the different characters of the nativity scene gathered together in these take-home stand-up wooden stables. Later on we were learning about how these characters' lives were changed by the news of Jesus' birth.

DANGLING CHRISTMAS

In 2018 we made these ceiling decorations featuring wise men, sheep, Mary and an angel. In the centre is the star that led the wise men from the East to Bethlehem.