Print and fold this amazing Advent calendar then flex to find each day’s reading. It’s a perfect for Messy Advent or as a giveaway for your youth and families ministry. For schools this makes a fun Christmas craft, with some mathemagic thrown in for good measure – what more could one want? So what is … More Flexagon Advent Calendar!
Always exciting, getting a parcel! And even more exciting when it’s a loads of brand-new books. Mmmn, that new-book smell! (Sadly, probably solvents that melt your brain.) Get your sticky mitts on one today in paperback or Kindle and rememebr that there’s a free book up for grabs if you buy a copy and send … More New Books! Plus ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ Drama Script
Epiphany is out of the way, and Christmas but a distant memory. Now we settle down to the rest of the year. What a great time for a Nooz Tart. ‘What is a Nooz?’, I hear you ask? I think it’s like a giant purple glow-in-the-dark bananana, but with bigger stripes. I expect they’ll have some … More How to Make a Nooz Tart
Apologies for the slightly late arrival of this week’s blog post, but when you see what a bumper post it is, I’m sure you’ll understand. This week, for one week only, a sackful of Christmas crafts, games and activities perfect for your school, Sunday school or yoof group Christmas party, for Messy Christmas, for your … More That’s Christmas sorted, then! Free 25-page PDF
Yes, it’s that time of year. Here is a brand-new Nativity play, called ‘If Christmas Happened Today’. It is set in modern day and has charming transformation into a traditional crib scene with a short but thoughtful message at the end. It is designed to work with a range of ages and abilities, so it’s … More If Christmas Happened Today – A Nativity Play
Our culture is dominated by the Big Names. Some celebrity blows their nose and it hits the headlines. (I mean the news hits the headlines not the … sorry). A Famous Name says, ‘buy this shampoo’ and we all buy it. So it’s a welcome antidote to such idle worship (did I spell that wrong?) that 75% of the … More Betty and The Huge Pimple – 2 Kings 5:1-14
Who doesn’t love a beautiful book? Here are some that you might like to consider from my own bookshelves and from the suggestions of friends. Big Mama Makes the World Phyllis Root Illus. Helen Oxenbury My children are all in double figures now, but when I was clearing out some of their baby books, this … More Book Reviews – for Children and Young People (and for us not-so-young, too!)
Engaging Let’s Science! This psalm talks about us being like well-watered trees, “bearing luscious fruit each season without fail”. They bear the fruit because they have good water and good soil. What you get out depends on what you put in. There are several ways to explore this with science; some are quick and easy, … More Psalm 1 – Let’s Science!
Here are some ideas you could use for intercessions in Messy Church, All-Age Worship, assemblies, youth clubs etc. Salt Prayers Following Jesus’ instruction to be salt in our world, have map of the world or of your country or your town and a bowl of salt. Invite folks to come forward and sprinkle salt on … More Active Intercessions – Some Ideas
[Jonah-Man enters, in ‘Superman’ pose]
Narr: Who are you supposed to be?
J-M: I’m being Jonah, and [indicating pants] obviously, he’s some kind of super-prophet!
Narr: Ummn, I’m not sure it’s that kind of pants. … More Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – Jonah-Man, the Pants Prophet