Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Parable of the Mustard Seed: Messy Church Crafts

Last week we continued our Messy Church theme of Parables and investigated the parable of the mustard seed. It's a tiny parable but has so much in it!

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 
(Matthew 13: 31-32)

Here are the crafts we used to think about the story...

Mustard Tree cakes (cupcakes with a hole scooped out of them. Plant a Smartie 'seed' in the hole, cover with butter icing and show a paper tree growing where the seed has been planted!)

Decorating branches

Building Lego homes

Growing Seeds

Making bird gliders (Kits from Baker Ross at a really reasonable price)

Making a prayer tree with prayers on leaves and birds

Monday, 25 June 2018

Textured holding crosses for sensory play and worship

A while back, I thought it would be good to have some holding crosses for the children to use during our worship time as part of our multi-sensory items but, when I looked at the price of wooden ones, I was a bit put off!

Instead, I decided to go down the fabric route (I got a massive bag of offcuts from Amazon for a really cheap price!) and have made a collection of different sized and textured crosses which are perfect for holding onto.  They don't take long to make and you can stuff them enough to make them quite firm to hold.  It's great that I got such a variety of fabric in the parcel because it means that each of the crosses has its own particular feel and texture.

You will need: Various kinds of fabric- fleece, denim, silky, sequinned etc, needle and thread, stuffing (I used the stuffing from a cheap cushion from IKEA)

1. Cut out two identical cross shapes from a piece of fabric.  

2. Lay the shapes on top of each other and sew around the edges. Don't sew the top edges together yet, but leave a hole there. 

3. Stuff the stuffing through the hole until the whole cross is filled.  Sew up the top edges to seal everything in and your cross is finished!

If you are going to be incredibly neat and tidy, you might sew the cross inside out and turn it right side out before you add the stuffing!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Apostles' Creed Reflective Colouring Sheets

Colouring is a really good way to help children to take time to sit and reflect. It also provides a great opportunity for us to chat informally with them about what they think and are learning.  I made these colouring sheets to help children to focus on the words of the Apostles' Creed and they might be especially useful to you if your church says the creed every week!  The creed is quite long (though it's actually one of the shorter creeds!), so it's been split over 3 sheets.

Click here to print sheet 1

Click here to print sheet 2

Click here to print sheet 3

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Guest Post: New Book - 'So Many Answers' by Cathy Porter- Plus Memory Pairs Game

Have a look at this guest post by Cathy Porter, all about her new book and then print off and play the memory pairs game she has made!

Hi, I’m Cathy. I’m ordained, married to a vicar and mum of three children, 2 of whom are autistic and all of whom tend to be anxious, questioning and inquisitive. We try to explore faith together at home in a hands on, messy, all included, everyday kind of way. So I am often over here gathering new ideas from Flame Creative Kids!

I asked Mina if I could let you know about my latest book – ‘So many answers’ -  all about how God always answers prayer.

It’s one of those go to books that will help you face the difficult questions and disappointment when your kids can’t see how God has answered, or for the times when he doesn’t give us the answer we hope for.

In ‘So many answers’ I open the faith-story with the voice of a child expressing their doubts that God always answers prayer, and gradually explore in a very visual way how we experience everyday answers to questions in so many and varied ways. Coming back at the end of the story to see in God a perfect parent whose answers will always mean ‘I love you!’ whether they are yes, no, maybe or not yet.

Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, has this to say about the book: "‘A little book that engages with some big theology. With honesty, intelligence and humour, ‘So Many Answers!’ takes us on a journey of words and pictures to remind us that God’s love and desire for his children is unconditional, unfailing and often unexpected."

As with my other books, at the end are some helpful Bible verses and discussion starters. And some activity pages to encourage the exploring to carry on.

And just for Flame Creative Kids readers I have also designed a memory pairs (memory prayers!) game about some bible heroes who prayed and waited to see God’s answers.  Click here to print and play.

You can follow my blog about faith and family life at www.clearlynurturing.wordpress.org