Messy Church downloads

Messy Church logoMessy Church started as one church's attempt to be church for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians but can't cope with traditional Sunday morning church services.

It's a once-a-month time of creativity, worship and eating together.

Visit the Messy Church website for more information.

Resources available as downloads

Messy Church Book Downloads

Messy Church Does Science (PDF Download)

Helping Messy Church leaders use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. In popular culture there is a perceived conflict between science and faith, yet in many ways scientific understanding can enhance faith. This resource offers Messy Churches the tools to use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith; demonstrate that science and faith are complementary; and enable children and adults alike to appreciate the wonder of creation. 100 sizzling ideas from a range of contributors provide inspiration for the Bible-based activities element of Messy Church.

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Messy Parables (PDF Download)

Messy Parables (PDF Download)

25 retellings for all ages Martyn Payne £8.99

Creative ways to share the stories Jesus told. Jesus' parables intrigued, inspired, engaged and challenged the crowds, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. Through 25 tried-and-tested retellings, together with sections on the importance of story, the power of parable, the challenge of all-age storytelling and becoming a Messy storyteller, this resource communicates the immediacy and relevance of Jesus' message for Messy congregations today.

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Get Messy! May - August 2017 (PDF Download)

Get Messy! May - August 2017 (PDF Download)

Session material, news, stories and inspiration for the Messy Church community The Messy Church Team £4.40

Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Get Messy! January - April 2017 (PDF Download)

Get Messy! January - April 2017 (PDF Download)

Session material, news, stories and inspiration for the Messy Church community The Messy Church Team £4.35

Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Get Messy! September - December 2016 (PDF Download)

Get Messy! September - December 2016 (PDF Download)

Session material, news, stories and inspiration for the Messy Church community The Messy Church Team £4.35

Get Messy! is a four-monthly subscription resource for Messy Church leaders. Each issue contains four session outlines (one per month), including planning sheets and take-home handouts, together with information on the latest resources and events. It also seeks to encourage and refresh Messy Church leaders by providing monthly Bible studies, a column on taking time to recharge, and a problem page. Other features include a youth column, a day in the life of a Regional Coordinator and stories from Messy Churches around the world.

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Messy Togetherness (PDF Download)

Messy Togetherness (PDF Download)

Being intergenerational in Messy Church Martyn Payne £8.99

'Intergenerational' is not something that churches do, but it's something that they become. In Messy Togetherness Martyn Payne looks at Messy Church as an intergenerational expression of church and the benefits of this to the church community.

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Messy Hospitality (PDF Download)

Messy Hospitality (PDF Download)

Changing communities through fun, food, friendship and faith Lucy Moore £9.99

In Messy Hospitality Lucy Moore demonstrates how hospitality can be practised in Messy Church and other church contexts to promote mission and faith formation, addressing the theology of hospitality and how it can be expressed at the welcome table, the activity table, the Lord's Table, the meal table, and in the home.

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Messy Prayer (PDF Download)

Messy Prayer (PDF Download)

Developing the prayer life of your Messy Church Jane Leadbetter £6.99

Equipping your Messy team to pray and encourage others to do so, both within and outside the Messy Church context.

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Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches (PDF Download)

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches (PDF Download)

50 activity ideas for the adventurous Peter Maidment £7.99

Explosive fun for everyone! Pete Maidment and Barry Brand offer 50 new activities for Messy Church sessions. Featuring Big stuff, Construction, Science, Arty and Edible crafts, this book provides inspiration for creating a Messy Church that everyone will love to be part of. PDF download.

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Messy Family Fun (PDF Download)

Messy Family Fun (PDF Download)

A holiday club for all the family Lucy Moore £9.99

Messy Family Fun gives you everything you need to run a holiday club programme for children and adults together. PDF download.

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Messy Easter (PDF Download)

Messy Easter (PDF Download)

3 complete sessions and a treasure trove of craft ideas for Lent, Easter and Pentecost Jane Leadbetter £6.99

Three complete sessions for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, together with a wealth of activities to extend the range of excitingly messy activities for your Messy Church - creative prayers, games, food crafts, and ideas for organising an Easter trail. Craft templates and a session planning grid are included.

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Messy Celebration (PDF Download)

Messy Celebration (PDF Download)

Make the most of your Messy Church celebration time Lucy Moore £5.99

The Messy Church celebration plays a key part in communicating God's love to the families who come along, but it can be the hardest part of the session to get right. Messy Celebration is a resource for Messy Church teams who seek guidance or fresh ideas in this area. It explores the purpose and main elements of the celebration time and equips the team both spiritually and practically, offering ideas for building supportive relationships through team prayer times alongside presentation techniques for up-front leading. PDF download.

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The Gingerbread Nativity (PDF Download)

The Gingerbread Nativity (PDF Download)

A four-week exploration of Advent Renita Boyle £6.99

The perfect recipe for a memorable and tasty exploration of Advent and Christmas! The Gingerbread Nativity uses the popular tradition of making and decorating gingerbread houses and biscuits to explore the themes of Advent and the story of the first Christmas. It includes instructions, diagrammatic illustrations, recipes and top tips for making, baking and decorating, as well as fake or no bake and allergy-free alternatives. It also includes Advent reflection and discussion starters for each session; 25 'taste-a-day' family activities; ideas for a gingerbread themed family service and 'choose and use' ideas for adapting the material for use in other settings.

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Messy Christmas (PDF Download)

Messy Christmas (PDF Download)

3 complete sessions and a treasure trove of craft ideas for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Lucy Moore, Jane Leadbetter £6.99

Three complete Messy Church sessions for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, together with a wealth of creative activities and crafts to extend the range of excitingly messy activities for your Messy Church. Sections include creative Christmas prayers, global action suggestions, games and competitions, Christmas food crafts and many other ideas to take you on into the New Year. PDF Download.

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Messy Nativity (PDF Download)

Messy Nativity (PDF Download)

How to run your very own Messy Nativity Advent project Jane Leadbetter £4.99

Find out about a new project uniting communities around the Nativity story at Christmas time! This book describes how Messy Nativity started in Liverpool in 2010, and gives a step-by-step guide to how other churches can embark on their own local Messy Nativity Advent project.

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Starting Your Messy Church (PDF Download)

Starting Your Messy Church (PDF Download)

A beginner's guide for churches Lucy Moore, Jane Leadbetter £4.99

The bigger picture... What Messy Church is and isn't... Why the values?... Commitment needed... Checklist of starting strategies... Why the network?... Questions to ask... What to expect... Organising your team... Sustaining your Messy Church... Review questions. PDF Download.

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Sports Fun for Messy Churches (PDF Download)

Sports Fun for Messy Churches is a great way to enhance your Messy Church experience by providing fun-filled games and sports activities for families to enjoy together. This little book provides a wealth of simple, interactive games and family-friendly sports ideas for Messy Church leaders to use in their sessions. PDF Download

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Messy Cooks (PDF Download)

Messy Cooks (PDF Download)

A handbook for Messy Church catering teams Jane Butcher £5.99

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. PDF Download.

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Messy Crafts (PDF Download)

Messy Crafts (PDF Download)

A craft-based journal for Messy Church members Lucy Moore £6.99

This book is a craft book with a difference! As well as bulging with craft ideas to inspire your creativity at Messy Church, it is also a journal to scribble in, doodle on and generally make your own. PDF Download.

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Postcards from Heaven
Bible Reflections for Older People - Subscription