Messy Church at Home
'Blinded into Seeing'
Saturday 15th May 2021
Time: Whenever you like!
Venue: At your house
Welcome to Messy Church at Home.
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Remember, Messy Church is for ALL AGES so do the activities together as a family and get involved in exploring the theme by discussing the ‘Talk About’ points.
Click on the videos to watch the craft demonstrations and the celebration message and songs.
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Here are ideas to explore this month's Bible Story using things we have provided in your 'Messy Church craft bag' - or if you haven't got one, be creative and have a look around the house to see if you can find something that will do the same or similar job. Your ideas might be even better!
You will need: Mosaic tiles, eye pictures.
Instructions: Glue or stick the coloured mosaic pieces on to the eye outline, with one eye open and the other with the eyelid down. Saul once thought he could see but was blind for three days before his eyes were opened to see.
Talk about: What do you think it was like for Saul to go suddenly blind? Why do you think Saul had to wait three days before God sent Ananias to pray for him and give him back his sight?
You will need: Glasses template on card, cellophane, stick on craft letters, stickers, pens, scissors
Instructions: Cut out the glasses. Put the red cellophane over the eye spaces. Decorate with the letters of ‘Jesus’ and other stickers, and colour in as you choose. Fold the sides back and wear them. Saul began to see everything differently after the light of Jesus shone into his life.
Talk about: How Saul’s behaviour began to change once he saw everything through the lens of Jesus.
Find The Christians (game)
You will need: 2 sheets of paper with a grid, 2 pens
Instructions: Find and arrest five Christians hidden somewhere on the grid. Before playing in twos, choose five squares in which to write the letter C for Christian. They can be on separate squares, or in groups. Take it in turns to try to guess where the Christians are hiding by calling out the square reference (e.g. A4). Who can capture all five first?
Talk about: Why Saul was so angry with Christians. What were they saying that upset him so much?
Names in Lights
You will need: fluorescent or shiny card, pens, scissors, glue, dark card, torch
Instructions: Jesus chose to speak to Saul in a flash of light. Both Saul’s name and Jesus’ name are highlighted in this story. In a bubble font, write the names ‘Jesus’ and ‘Saul’ on to fluorescent card. Cut out the letters of these names and stick them onto the dark card. Put the dark in a dark place (e.g. cupboard or wardrobe). Shine your torch light (you could use your phone torch) on to the names to capture the dazzling moment when Jesus called Saul and Saul heard the name of Jesus.
Talk about: Whether you have ever heard God calling you by name. How did it feel? If this happened to you today, how would you react?
Here’s this month's Celebration. The video contains a song, a Bible story, a song, a short talk explaining the story and a prayer.