Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford Hatfield Broadoak

Children in Church

All Age Family Communion.

1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month at 10.30am for about 45 minutes.  There is singing, Bible stories, colouring, craft and activities, Holy Communion.  An informal service; famililes help to lead the service.  The sermon will provoke thought in adults and children alike.

Acorns Family Service

2nd Sunday of the Month at 9.15am for 30-40 minutes. Accessible to non-reading children, i.e., aged 6 and under. There is singing, Bible stories, craft, games, drama, prayers.  Totally informal and often entirely family led.


Carpet Church and Sunday School

During 4th Sunday 10.30am Communion service, activities are available at the front of church on the carpet  - hence Carpet Church!  There is also the opportunity for children to enjoy age appropriate teaching delivered by qualified teachers.

   Church Mice Tuesday afternoon 2-4pm  for carers and pre-school children.  There are toys, games, singing, noise, activity for children;  tea, chat and sympathy for adults

Children in Church

There are books and toys at the back of church if you need some quiet time.


Helping your child enjoy church and take part, however young they are

Before you go to church and during the week

    talk about going to church – what you might see, hear, smell, etc. get used to saying prayers and singing songs or hymns


In church       

 sit near the front where you can see what is going on

together look for candles, organ, flowers, coloured robes and altar cloths .  

help children to hold up books and “join in” - don't worry if they sing "baa, baa black sheep" while the rest of us sing "Lamb of God", encourage them to sing when the congregatin sings and to pray when the congregation prays.

bring a few quiet toys in a drawstring bag, give them out one at a time to sustain interest .


Jobs for all!

Children and teenagers can join the choir (every Sunday or special services only);

children and teenagers can carry the cross and candles

children and teenagers can serve at the altar

children and teenagers can read the Bible readings and lead the prayers

whole families welcome people into church, hand out books, take the collection and make sure everything runs smoothly.

whole families help to lead Acorns and Family Communion services.