Church of England Diocese of Rochester Chiddingstone

Children and Families

WELCOME to St Mary's and St Luke's churches in the Chiddingstones.  We have various activities for children and families and hope to develop them further over the coming months.  Please do send Izzie MacDougall any ideas that you have by email.

Our 4pm Family Service - which takes place on the first Sunday in the month - returned in-person on Easter Sunday, 4 April.  Our Forest Family Service started in St Mary’s Church and then moved outside for a bonfire and socially distanced Easter Egg hunt.  We had lots of fun and hope to continue in person every first Sunday of the month.  Please email [email protected] for further information or keep an eye on the 'Services and events' page.

On the third Sunday of the month our children's group, ‘Discoverers’, meets.  Please see below.

We also usually run a Toddler Service taking place on the first Thursday of the month from 9am until 10.15am in the Parish Room (adjacent to St Luke's Church, Chiddingstone Causeway) for pre-school children.  Please note, however, that the Toddler Services are currently suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Please contact Carol Benton on 01892 870483 for further information.

What is Discoverers?

Discoverers is a group for children where we play games and think about how stories from the Bible can help us in our everyday lives.  We like to be creative by doing arts and crafts.  We moved online at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and remain online for the time-being, now calling ourselves Discoverers Online...read on...

DISCOVERERS ONLINE - EVERY 3RD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, FROM 6AM

This group for children is available from the top of this page of our website every third Sunday of the month from 6am (it is not recorded live though so you are free to watch it at any time after 6am).

It includes games or quizzes, stories, craft activities and songs.

You will need paper and pencil, and if you want to join in with the songs, perhaps you could have a home-made shaker ready!

So come and join us, share your great ideas, tell us what you've been doing and, if you've got any good jokes, make us laugh!  You can email any questions, photos, ideas and jokes to Izzie.

See you soon!

What other services are there during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Covid-19 restrictions may be in place but the church itself is still very much alive!  We are delighted to announce that we have now resumed worship in our church buildings with social distancing measures in place and with everyone wearing a face covering.

Please take a moment to read our Covid safety guidance on attending worship.

We plan to record our main Sunday morning services and upload them to our YouTube channel for those who are unable to return in person at the moment.

Please keep an eye on the Services and Events page of this website for details of our forthcoming services. 

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You can also keep in touch with what's going on via our Facebook page.  You must always meet in this way with an adult - we want to keep you all safe.

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Useful links

1. The Church of England have published some helpful pages packed with information from explaining the current situation to children through to ideas of games, activities and resources for you to while away the time.  Click here to take you to those pages.

2. High Hopes is a local charity which aims to share the Good News of the Gospel with children in West Kent.  You can find out more on their website by clicking here.  

3. Messy Church: Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality.  It's a fun way of exploring church for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age.  Many churches offer a Messy Church session on a monthly basis where people of all ages come together to be, to make, to eat and to celebrate God.

During this period of lockdown, Messy Church founders are providing a weekly scheduled ‘Messy Church at home’ session.  Click here to find out more and to access the sessions.

4. Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health, have a wealth of information on their website including advice and resources for people struggling during this time.  Click here to access the site.