Messy Church at Home 

messy at home 

Saturday 11th April 2020
Time: Whenever you like!

Venue: At your house

Welcome

Welcome to this egg-stra special Messy Church - right in your very own home! Today we will be thinking about and exploring the Easter Story where Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sin, and then three days later he came back to life by the power of God!

How to Use this Page

  • 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.
  • Use the ‘Click Here’ links to take you to videos of craft demonstrations and the celebration message and songs.
  • We would love for you to send in photos of you taking part in this Messy Church at Home – please email them to messy@kingswisbech.org.uk and we will put them up on our church website, Instagram and Facebook.

Activities

Here are ideas to explore the story of Easter using things you’ll easily find at home. If you can’t find the exact things, what could you use instead? Your ideas might be even better!
 

1. Easter chicks



You will need: 1 cup plain flour, 1 cup table salt, 1 cup warm water (but add gradually – you may not need it all), 2 teaspoons oil (any kind of cooking oil), yellow food colouring (or yellow paint)
As we need 3 different shades of yellow, you split dough into 3 when mixed, and add different amounts of colouring to each portion.

It you haven't any food colouring, then paint after baking.

When piece is made you bake for 3 hours in a slow oven.

Watch the recipe video here

Talk about how chicks symbolise new life and why remembering new life is significant at Easter time (Jesus’ resurrection).
 

2. Prayer crosses


You will need: a bowl of water; paper; a pen; scissors
Cut a small (roughly 10cm tall) cross shape out of the piece of paper (keep all the arms of the cross an equal length and short enough to fold over the centre easily). Draw or write a sorry prayer on the cross shape. Fold the ‘arms’ over the centre with a nice sharp crease so you end up with a square-ish shape.

Drop it on to the surface of the water and watch the arms open up.

Top Tip: Use colouring pencils and not felt tips as the ink will seep into the water too!

Talk about how Jesus dying on the cross and rising to new life means that all the things we do wrong can be forgiven.


3. Planting seeds

You will need: flowerpots; soil or compost; a packet of seeds or apple, satsuma or orange pips; water
Plant the seeds in the pots and water them.

Talk about the way you have to bury the seeds as if they are dead, so that they can change from being a seed to being a plant – the same but totally different. Like Jesus when he died and came back to life – the same person but totally different!
 

4. Easter new life butterflies


You will need: paper; paint; brushes; water
Fold the paper in half and open it up again. On one half of the paper, put blobs of colour, roughly in the shape of half a butterfly, but you don’t need to be too exact. While the paint is still wet, fold the paper again and press the two halves together firmly, then open up and see if it looks anything like a butterfly!

No doubt it will be beautiful anyway.

Talk about the way it looks as if a caterpillar is dead when it turns itself into a chrysalis, but it comes to life again in a new and beautiful way. Jesus’ body was wrapped up like a chrysalis and he came back to life in a wonderful new way.
 

5. Jesus colouring

You will need: a print-off of these pictures by clicking here; coloured pens

These pictures are based upon today's Bible story where we learn about Jesus, the Miracle Man who did many amazing things, who died and rose again!

Talk about what the different pictures remind you about from today's Bible story
 

Celebration

Here’s a great song that helps us to remember Easter - watch the video below and sing along.

Now, here’s Matt with an Easter message as well as a story animation. Click here to watch the video.

Eat Together

Don't forget to eat something together!