Children and young people have a special place in the life of our churches. We try to provide something for all ages. Do get in touch for further information.
Children are welcome at all our services, and there is no need to worry about them making a bit of noise! Most of our churches have a children’s corner with a supply of books and toys. Sometimes, at bigger services, we can provide a creche.
Some services are specifically tailored to families and children. Look out for the words Family Service. But they are welcome at all services, and often enjoy something a bit different from everyday life!
The Ministry Team regularly visit all our village schools for collective worship and other events. We sometimes hold Prayer Spaces in the schools.
From time to time we also put on workshops, musical events, or family walks.
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Messy Church is an international movement of people meeting together to enjoy being creative and to celebrate the Creator in an informal gathering, where it is fun to be messy.
Messy Church is for all ages, although it mainly appeals to families living in the Akeman Benefice. Adults join in too at Messy Church and have as good a time as the children! Messy Church was established for those who do not necessarily see themselves as church-goers.
We welcome everybody to come and join us and to learn in this informal and fun setting. The Akeman Benefice Messy Church is for anyone living in one of our seven parishes and their friends and family. All children need to be accompanied by any adult.
Messy Church begins at 4pm with crafts and activities. There is a different theme every session, a Bible story or an idea. Crafts are based on this theme and all are encouraged to take part on arrival.
Messy Church takes place once a month, on the fourth Sunday, at Kirtlington Church from 4pm – 5.30pm.
Messy Church is a free event – just turn up and enjoy yourself. We do ask for a suggested donation of £2 per person for food and resources but this is at your discretion.
We try to have activities that suit all ages. There is a play area and lots of picture books for smaller children. Young teenagers are surprised to find that they enjoy themselves too at Messy Church!