Messy Cooks (PDF Download)

A handbook for Messy Church catering teams

Jane Butcher

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Messy Cooks is a handbook for everyone involved in Messy Church catering teams! As well as being a useful treasure store of practical and easy-to-prepare recipes for all your Messy Church events, it also provides tips on quantities, basic cooking skills, essential equipment and ideas for relating food to a Bible story, theme or festival.

There are 36 recipes in total - two delicious main courses and a scrummy dessert for every month of the year. Each recipe includes at least one helpful hint, suggested variations to ring the changes or provide a vegetarian option, and space for you to jot down your own personal reflections, comments and notes.

All the recipes have been used in real Messy Churches, tried and tested in real Messy Church kitchens by real Messy cooks, and enjoyed by real Messy Church families. One Messy cook summed it up by saying, 'We love seeing the children's faces when they come in and ask us "What's for dinner?"'

Includes 36 easy-to-prepare recipe ideas.

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Author info

Jane Butcher was born in Denver, USA, but grew up and was educated in the UK. She trained as a secondary school teacher and taught PE and RE in a city secondary school. Having also trained as a youth worker, she moved into full-time, church-based children's and youth work in 1993. Jane has worked as a Children's Worker at St John's Church, Harborne, Birmingham. Jane joined the Barnabas children's ministry team in September 2007.


From The Good Bookstall - April 2011

Sales of this book help fund BRF's Messy Church Ministry.

Instead of bringing out Messy Church 3, the team have produced a craft manual and a food manual. This is a helpful move, meaning that the right book can be put into the hands of the right person on your team!

This book contains a good spread of basic recipes including shepherd's pie, pasta bolognaise, beef casserole, chicken casserole, chocolate pudding, apple crumble, fruit pavlova and jelly whip.

There is also a lovely selection of food related messy ideas such as stained glass window biscuits, Holy Communion jellies, Joseph's coat cakes and empty tomb rolls.

Aside from Messy Church, this would be a good starter book for older children who are learning to cook basic meals. The recipes all serve a family of 4-5 people.

Reviewed by Kathy Bland

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857460943Z
  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • Status:
  • Format: PDF Download
  • Pages: 112
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