Messy Nativity

Published 18th February 2013 by Messy Church

by Jane Leadbetter

How to run your very own Messy Nativity Advent project

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‘Mayhem, madness and magnificence… Messy Nativity!’
Revd Jean Flood, Mission in the Economy, Liverpool


In the new edition of this festive book, Jane Leadbetter shares a story of hope. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to the whole human race.’ So why, even at Christmas, is this becoming so hard to do, when the story of Jesus’ birth is gradually being squeezed out of our towns and cities, among the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, during the season of Advent? When the real meaning of Christmas is being replaced with Santa’s Magical Kingdom and WinterFests, how can we bring Jesus back into our communities during Advent?

Find out how Messy Nativity started in Liverpool in 2010, and follow our step-by-step guide to running your own Messy Nativity Advent project.

  • Hunt for knitted sheep in shops around town
  • Go house-to-house with the Christmas story
  • Perform a Messy Street Nativity play

Knit-i-vity! How knitted sheep can bring Jesus baaaaa… ck into your shopping centre!

Technical details

ISBN 978 2 80093 018 8
Price £4.99
Published 21 August 2020 (first edition 2012)
Pages 48