Monday, 17 December 2012

PHOTOS #1: Messy Christmas Dec '12

"Christmas in Australia on a scorching Summer's day..."

Here is the first batch of photos from our Messy Christmas event held on 16th December 2012 at Dapto Uniting Church.

Due to the extreme heat (a first for the Messy Church team) we had to move all of our activities inside. Luckily we have air conditioning in the hall!

Activities on offer included face painting, a sensory table, sticky box art installation, mini wooden mangers, Christmas tree cones, melting snowman cookies, badge making, chocolate donkey poo, milk ring ornaments, collage ornaments, playdough, Christmas crackers and tinsel wreaths. Outside on the (hot!) verandah was chalk board drawing and our target toss game.

Our quiet corner offered a Nativity felt board, books, finger puppets, floor puzzle, felt Christmas tree, and a knitted nativity set.

Our photo booth was a real hit, with families enjoying the Nativity costumes and props.

During our Celebration time in the church we sung some carols, learned about the Nativity story and watched some

Our time together finished with a Christmas feast in the hall with meat, bread and salad, fruit platters and lots of yummy treats for dessert!

Messy Church will return on Sunday 24th February for a special Noah's Ark theme. More details soon...

getting all the table activities ready
weirdest cucumber!!
happy kitchen ladies :)
we always have something healthy at Messy Church! :P
preparing icing for Christmas tree cones
 these reindeer cupcakes & gingerbread house donated for dessert :)

preparing take home lolly bags
Chalk drawing
tinsel wreaths
sooooo much tinsel!
a fantastic tinsel wreath!
card making kits
preparing our Sticky Box art installation
Sticky Box group art installation
Christmas target toss with soft toys

making Christmas tree cones

a very popular activity

chocolate donkey poo - yummo!
we added coconut, Oreos, cocoa pops, oats & noodles

toilet paper to wipe our fingers!!

mixing up "poo" in a cup
more cow pat than donkey poo! :P

our badge maker extraordinaire!
lots of Christmas badges!
angel face painting

felt board in the Quiet corner
nativity felt board
felt Christmas tree

knitted Nativity free play
making melting snowman cookies
having fun in our Christmas photobooth

dress ups!
photobooth props

water beads on the Sensory Table
building mini wooden mangers
gift bags ready for talk in the Church
"sleep in Heavenly peace..."

Celebration time in the Church

watching a Christmas video on the big screen
heading out for dinner
finding a seat for dinner

poo, snowman cookies & trees ready for dessert

eating poo for dessert!

look what I made!

take home bags

see you next time!!


  1. Great job guys, it looks awesome!!!!!! Especially love the photobooth props and Christmas trees x

  2. Stumbled upon this looking up a Christmas idea. Wow! What a fun looking church, loved the photos!!