Church of England Diocese of Rochester Chiddingstone and Chiddingstone Causeway

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 Forest Church 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.

What is Discoverers?

Our children's group, Discoverers, is for children under 12 and normally runs during the main 10am Sunday morning service on the third Sunday of the month. Children come into church for the first hymn and then go to their group, returning to church for the communion so they can have a blessing at the rail with their families.

We play games, have a story, and do some craft or drama - but most of all, we have fun together. Please come and check us out - all welcome!

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


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.


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.

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