This was the second part of a series of three Messy Churches we ran, Who is Jesus? And Who is the Holy Spirit? Who is God? We ran this on Pentecost Sunday.
We really wanted to encourage discipleship within our families, so we always need to keep going back to basics and not just assume that everyone knows the things we do!
In this Messy Church which was on Pentecost Sunday, we wanted to explore the Holy Spirit. We did this through looking at the Fruit of the Spirits and the Gifts of the spirit. We talked about the idea that the Holy Spirit can help us and fill us.
Today we skipped our welcome activity as we had lots to get on with, so we let people straight in as they arrived.
Crafts and activities – 50 minutes
The Holy Spirit Moves me! – CD Hovercrafts
The Holy Spirit Changes me – Baking soda prayers
We got this off of the brilliant Flame Creative Blog. We got the families to think of something that they thought needed changed and prayed that the Holy Spirit would bring about that change as they dropped the mixture onto the baking soda.
The Holy Spirit is invisible – Tasting!
On this table we wanted to explore the idea that we can’t see the Holy Spirit. So we got some cups of soda water and some cups of lemonade. We got the families to taste these and ask if they could taste a difference. We asked whether they could see a difference? They couldn’t. We talked about how the Holy spirit is with us, even though we can’t see it.
The Holy Spirit blows me away! – Football with straws
For this activity we used some straws (a new straw for each child!) and some footballs and goals we bought off of Amazon. Then it was easy! The kids had to blow the balls into each others goal! We talk about the Holy spirit being like breath, it breathes life into us and moves us like we blow into the straws and move the balls.
The Holy Spirit gives us fruit! – Fruits of the spirit tree
We got these brilliant colouring fruits of the spirit off of Christian PreSchool Printables. The families got to chose the fruits of the spirit they wanted the Holy spirit to give them and they coloured that one in and stuck it on a little tree that one of our helpers brought along!
The Holy Spirit fills us! – Bubbles
On this station we had all sorts of different things to make bubbles with. We invited the families to blow bubbles and think about the breath they’re using. Talking about how the Holy spirit is sometimes talked about like wind. We talked about what it might be like to be filled with the Holy Spirit like the bubbles are filled with our breaths.
All in game – Dove races
Sometimes we like to close up the activities 10 minutes early to do a group game with EVERYONE. For this game we split everyone in to 8 groups with fairly equal numbers of adults and children. We sent one half of the group to one side of the room to stand opposite their team, like for a relay race. We then gave one side of the group a news paper and a cut out picture of a dove. One at a time, they had to get the dove to the other side of the room to the other part of their team so that they can get it back. But they weren’t allowed to touch the dove! They had to flap their newspaper to blow air under the dove which blows it across the room. We find that a lot of the adults competitive sides come out when we play all in games!
Celebration – 20 minutes
After our Welcome and Crafts and Activities we go into a time of worship, which we call the ‘Celebration’.
As people are coming in we always have a song playing. We usually have a Fischy Music song playing.
Welcome – We start by welcoming everyone, asking people what they’ve done today in Messy church and what they’ve enjoyed.
We sometimes have both of our worship songs at the beginning of the celebration and sometimes one to begin and one to end. This time we had them both at the start before going outside for our story!
Here was our story for this Messy Church! We did the Coke and Mentos Experiment.
- Use a bottle of Diet Coke.
- Make sure the soda is at least 85 degree Fahrenheit.
- Drop seven Mentos into the soda all at the same time.
I did a few month later do this with our Sunday Morning Congregation in the sanctuary with the coke bottle on a big plastic board, and it didn’t get on the carpet! So you can do it inside if it’s a colder month! But don’t blame me if it does actually make a mess!!!
We played a bit of a Pass the Parcel for our prayer activity, using the brilliant fruits of the spirit from the Christian Preschool Printable website.
We printed them all out x4 (enough that everyone will be holding one!) and laminated them. In the celebration we got everyone into a circle, giving everyone (parents and helpers included) a fruit. We played some music – Matt Redman – Here for you and got them to pass the fruits around. When the music stopped we gave them a quick moment to think what that word meant (having already gone through all the words before we started) and then after three shouted ‘HOLY SPIRIT GIVE ME… (the fruit in their hand). We did this 3x, and then were in perfect position to finish our messy celebration with the Messy Grace with actions which can be found in the Messy Church books.
Food – 30 minutes
Then we come together for food! We always do party food as we meet on a Sunday afternoon. Families generally help us tidy away which is great!
This theme was used at Grangewood in May 2016