The Family Service never lasts more than 30 minutes. It is usually very noisy indeed. The first 10 minutes are formal and familiar - a mini-Mattins. The reading, however, is from the Lion Children's Bible. Parents and children follow the story from one of the 100 pew Bibles. Instead of a talk, the story is then acted out. There is a great emphasis on dressing up and unrehearsed audience participation. The service has its own "Wardrobe Mistress" and music features hymns old and new from our own Chelsea Old Church Children's Hymnbook.