All Age Programme

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People of all ages are, of course, most welcome at all our services. However, each church has one service a month which is specially designed to be user-friendly for younger people, so we call it an “All-age” or “Family” service. We range from pre-schoolers  to pensioners! “Family service” refers to the whole church family: you don’t have to be part of a family to come, but if you do have children with you, you can be sure that they will be included.

The aim is to make everyone there feel they have a part to play and they can enjoy the worship. There are activities for the children to join in with (as well as the adults!) and songs which are easy to follow and learn, often with actions, from our “Akeman Junior Praise” song book. The brief talk is interactive and the children often pray and read the story. There is no communion and the service takes less than an hour.

All Age at Chesterton

There is at least one all-age service happening in the Benefice every week, apart from the 4th Sunday, when there is a joint Benefice Service for all the churches in the group. That takes place in the morning, and there is a family-focused Messy Church in the afternoon, between September and April. Messy Church is for all ages and involves craft, celebration and a meal together.

This is the pattern of services across the villages:

1st Sunday:

Chesterton Young Families 11.00

Kirtlington Family Service  9.45 (4pm from September)

2nd Sunday:

Weston o. t. Green Family Service 11.00

3rd Sunday: 

Bletchingdon All Age Worship 10.00

4th Sunday:

Benefice Service, 10.00, in a different village each month.

Messy Church 4-5.30pm Kirtlington (follow this link for further information)

Other family-friendly events in the Benefice:

Holiday Club. The last week of the school summer holidays, for 5-11s. Older youngsters  and adults are welcomed as helpers, and there is a pre-schoolers’ group for the children of helpers.

In Kirtlington Village Hall, ending with a special Holiday Club service.

Any Questions?

Contact Joanna Clifford 01869 351652

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