Children and Families in the Four Parishes
Families with children are always welcome to join in worship at any of our four churches, but we do have some events and services and which are particularly suitable for younger children.
In 2022 we started some new activities in the benefice to augment Family Church which has been running for some time, even though there have been developments with that too. All these activities are intended to be of special interest to pre-school and primary school children and their families, but of course everyone is welcome to them all! With all the activities, parents, or another adult, must accompany the children. Each activity is different, but they augment each other. You might be more drawn to one than the other, but please do think about trying them all. Those who have, have had a great time. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you!
Children's Service at St Nicolas
1st Sunday, 4-4.30pm
The Children's Service at St Nicolas welcomes children from throughout the Benefice and is led by Anthea, our vicar, along with Julia Stutfield from Forest Hill, and aims to encourage children to become familiar with the essential elements of a service in church, by presenting them in a brief and accessible format, which includes dramatic story-telling using scripts specially written by Betty Dye, singing led by members of the St Nicolas Choir, and some short prayers. Children and adults are welcome to join in rehearsing and acting out the story (by prior arrangement) or to try singing in the choir.
2nd Sunday, 4-5pm
Messy Church is led by Anthea, together with Betty Dye, a Licensed Lay Reader, who leads the ‘Open the Book’ team in Beckley School. There is a short drama the children are involved in, a Bible story read from a children’s Bible related to the drama, prayers, a craft activity, some songs, and food and drinks. We chat together as we do the craft activity and eat and drink. Do come and join us and join in the fun.
4th Sunday, 3-4pm (winter)
Laura Mermet-Burnet from Horton-cum-Studley leads Family Church, along with Anthea. We meet in Bernwood Forest as ‘Forest Church’. Worship is intermingled with outdoor play, woodcraft, a walk and an opportunity for appreciation of the natural world. Our relaxed get togethers always end with refreshments of cake and fruit. Attendees can bring their dogs along. Worship and learning through play and walking is a family friendly activity and the children really engage with it. All ages and not just families are warmly welcome! Do come and join us and join in the fun.