This book describes the two main features of the Messy Nativity Advent Project as carried out in Liverpool in 2010:
1. Small knitted sheep go on a journey around local communities. Messy Churches and parishes pass nativity sets from home to home and each host receives a small knitted sheep to keep and remind them of the nativity story and the real meaning of Christmas. The nativity set travels around town through the season of Advent and ends up back at church on Christmas Eve for an all-age service or event.
2. The Sheep Trail. Hunt for the knitted sheep in designated stores around town and complete the leaflet, entering your details for the prize draw and taking home a colouring picture, maze and the nativity story.
Messy Nativity gives all the information and resources needed for a church to embark on their own Messy Nativity project.
Jane Leadbetter is part of the BRF Messy Church team, has worked as a primary school teacher and was Children's Work Adviser in the Diocese of Liverpool for twelve years. She runs L19: Messy Church once a month.