Hi Messy Church Families! We have some exciting news! Alison and Florence, part of our Messy Church family, have a new baby brother. His name is Micah. Congratulations to you both and we hope you enjoy Micah and teach him some things you know as he grows. We are thinking of how beautiful the world that God gave us is; how colourful the flowers are in Spring right now; and how we love listening to birds singing outside.
Our Theme this month is Spring and you will do an outside scavenger hunt and make a tissue paper tree.
Spring is here. And Summer is coming. We see birds coming back from the warm South. We see plants growing, early flowers opening, and trees turning green.
Brenda saw Marion in Participark in Spruce Grove today. Marion is an artist in our church. She told Brenda that on the particular path we were walking on, she saw 8 different shades of Green right there! Can you see those beautiful green colours from a light green, to a lime green, to a dark green. Also in Participark, the Marsh Marigolds are blooming bright yellow as you walk along the paths.
The birds we have been talking about this winter have mostly returned from South. We hear songbirds again when we are outside. We also might see birds building their nests.
Birds of the Air and Lilies of the Field.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …” Matthew 26:25-34
Insect Scavenger Hunt
Let’s get outside! The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club in Grande Prairie has some great nature scavenger hunts on their website. If you have a pond or lake near you, you can look for all the water insects shown on their guide. Click to view and print out the insect guide.
Wild Flower Scavenger Hunt
The Wapiti Nordic Ski Club in Grande Prairie also have a wild flower guide to use in natural areas around your place. Can you find and identify all the wild flowers in the picture? Click to view and print out the Wild Flower Scavenger Hunt.
Tissue Paper Trees
Materials you will need:
Twigs and stones from your outside walk.
Tissue Paper. All colours are good. Try to use 2 colours of paper to make your tree.
A pipe cleaner cut into 2 or 3 pieces.
- First cut out several small squares of tissue paper. Try to make them about 4 x 4 inches. But different sizes are also good. We are going to put the tissue paper squares on the twig.
- But first, take a piece of the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the middle of the twig. This is to stop the tissue paper from sliding down the twig.
- Next, slide the squares of tissue paper over the top of the twig. You might have to make a tiny hole in the square to slip it over the twig. OR actually the tissue paper square will make its own hole when you slide it over. The pipe cleaner you wrapped around the middle of the twig will prevent the tissue paper squares from sliding down the twig.
- Take another piece of the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the top of the twig to hold the squares of tissue paper onto the twig.
- Bunch up the tissue paper into a tight ball. Then carefully pull the tissue paper out to make it look like the top of a tree.
You have made a Tissue Paper Tree! You can put it in a small jar with some small stones on the bottom to help the tree to stand up straight. You can also make more than one Tissue Paper Tree, perhaps with different colours of tissue paper, and put both of them together in the jar.
Springtime Prayer: written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass so fresh and sweet,
For song of bird and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear and see,
Father in heaven, we thank thee.
For blue of stream and blue of sky,
For pleasant shade of branches high,
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
For the beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven we thank thee!