Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches (PDF Download)

50 activity ideas for the adventurous

Pete Maidment, Barry Brand

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I am by nature a craft sceptic. Glue, glitter and sequins are not easy for a bloke with big hands to cope with. But within a few pages of the start of this book Pete and Barry had won me over with their promise of the 'extreme activities' to come. I was not disappointed. I wanted to try building the fruit catapult, walking on eggs and mixing up some Oobleck (read the book to find out what it is!). I can still recall the excitement I felt as a child when discovering invisible ink, and I'm now desperate to give it a go again. The guidance at the back of the book about planning a male-friendly Messy Church is great stuff, but, as with the rest of the book, it's not just relevant to Messy Churches. Whatever group for families you run - Messy Church, Who Let The Dads Out? or any other - I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. It will help you make the men in your group feel welcome and energised.
Mark Chester, Founder, Who Let The Dads Out?

Content

In this book Pete Maidment and Barry Brand provide over 50 new activities for Messy Church sessions, carefully crafted to appeal to male as well as female participants at Messy Church. They challenge the assumption that Messy Church 'isn't really for men or boys' and offer approaches for Messy Churches to engage men and boys in an intentional way, providing inspiration for creating a Messy Church that men and boys will love to be part of.

'As a Messy Church trainer, I regularly have to defend Messy Church for those who pigeonhole it as a fringe activity for mums and children. I believe in Messy Church as a true expression of church, and a place where discipleship takes place. I look forward to having a resource that I can point people towards who worry about the place of men and boys at Messy Church, or who are looking for ideas on how to engage with them.'
Pete Maidment

From the introduction

We've carefully chosen activities that fit some of those harder-to-fill areas at Messy Church. Our science experiments build on people's natural desire to solve problems and understand things: they're messy and fun, but they stretch the imagination too, expecting us to think outside the box to try to see how something is done or how it works.

We've included a list of 'big stuff' - activities that call for people to work together to make something bigger than they could manage alone. Which of us didn't don a hard hat as a child and head out to build something?

Food has universal appeal, but our recipes (if you can call them that) are about creating great stuff to eat rather than using food as a craft tool.

We've also included a section on art and craft, but possibly not as you've imagined it before. Whether it's just a teeny bit dangerous, extra messy or just BIG, these ideas will, we hope, appeal to everyone - even the men!

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I am by nature a craft sceptic. Glue, glitter and sequins are not easy for a bloke with big hands to cope with. But within a few pages of the start of this book Pete and Barry had won me over with their promise of the 'extreme activities' to come. I was not disappointed. I wanted to try building the fruit catapult, walking on eggs and mixing up some Oobleck (read the book to find out what it is!). I can still recall the excitement I felt as a child when discovering invisible ink, and I'm now desperate to give it a go again. The guidance at the back of the book about planning a male-friendly Messy Church is great stuff, but, as with the rest of the book, it's not just relevant to Messy Churches. Whatever group for families you run - Messy Church, Who Let The Dads Out? or any other - I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. It will help you make the men in your group feel welcome and energised.
Mark Chester, Founder, Who Let The Dads Out?

Author info

Pete Maidment is the Diocesan Youth Adviser for the Diocese of Winchester, and heads up the Messy Church Training in the Diocese. He is part of the core leadership team for the Messy Church that meets at St Wilfrid's Church in Cowplain, where he has gained a reputation for devising some of the more wacky crafts! Pete is married and has two children, who are crazy about Messy Church and see it as their home church. In his spare time Pete is a keen runner and drinks more coffee than is probably good for him.

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Book details

  • ISBN: DOWNLOAD1629
  • Published: 22 May 2015
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  • Format: PDF Download
  • Pages: 144
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