Children & Young People

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.

You can get more information from Gemma Maybank by emailing

Second Sunday is a group for teenagers which meets monthly. More information from


children playing



Messy Church

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.


Who is it for?

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.


What happens?

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.

  • 4pm – On arrival you will be greeted and given an activity sheet. There will be a number of activities to get involved in and often we stop for a group game or treasure hunt.
  • 4.45pm – 5pm is celebration time, with the story, some singing, and prayer. It is interactive and lively.
  • 5pm – 5.30pm the celebration continues with food, for example jacket potatoes with fillings or a pasta bake.
  • After a meal, it is time to go home with the crafts you have made.


Where and when does it happen?

Messy Church is on hold due to current Covid restrictions – please email Gemma Maybank to be added to the mailing list and you will receive an email with details as soon as it is up and running again.


Messy Church would usually take 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.


Is my child too young, or too old?

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!


messy church painting