Messy Church now have a Pinterest board!
They are pinning exciting ideas to share with you and to support you and your Messy Churches. They’ve gathered loads of resources with ideas on hospitality, SEND, Celebration ideas, outdoor activities, extreme crafts and so many more!
Click on the link https://www.pinterest.com/MessyChurchBRF/ to access an ever-expanding range of ideas.
The Children’s Society have come up with some good ideas for the summer holidays – and they don’t cost a fortune. Click here.
Youth for Christ – taking good news relevantly to every young person in Britain.
Simeon Whiting from yfc recently came to our Marketplace event at Bursledon, and he’s kindly given me permission to share his 50 Ideas for youth ministry with you. The document’s an Excel spreadsheet – please let me know if you need it in another format.
If you enjoy these ideas, you’ll find more of the same in Rock Solid, RS2 and Mettle – YFC’s resources for youth groups – available from http://resources.yfc.co.uk/
Sara Wolbrecht writes on the Practising Families website:
While playing at her water table this morning, our young daughter took a truck in one hand and a cup filled with water in the other. As she dumped the water over her truck she looked up at me to say: “I baptized it!” Two months ago when I was leaning her head back under the kitchen faucet to rinse out the maple syrup (don’t ask) she said, “I am being baptized!” And many times she has taken her baby doll and after snuggling her has proceeded to baptize her.
As a parent of a toddler, my heart leaps when I see her mimicking behavior and integrating play that keeps faith and God’s love as part of her play and language! It has been fun to see baptism be a part of the realm she lives in.
It’s hard to know exactly how baptism has become part of her daily life, but here are six things we have stumbled upon that (we think) have helped shape her early understanding of baptism and her identity as a beloved child of God. Note: I am writing with the assumption of infant baptism since that is my own experience—though many of these ideas could still be used in a tradition of adult baptism.
Click here for her ideas.