Children and Families

Messy ChurchMessy Church

Messy Church is for families who cannot always attend on a Sunday. Craft Activities and refreshments play a central role in the activities. Messy church is currently operating from Barrington Church on a Wednesday on a monthly basis and starts at 3.30pm. Just after school!  We begin with a sandwich & cake tea before craft and other activities all related to a theme.  We finish with a time of celebration;  usually some form of story, a song and prayer.

Messy Church Challenge

1. We are currently offering a Messy Church challenge on a regular basis for anyone to join in with – even if you don’t normally attend Messy Church. This week’s challenge is to read the story here

Could you go into your garden on on your walk collect things from nature – dead ones… no live insects please!- and make a picture collage about the story?
If you then post me ( a photo of your completed challenge I will make a photo collage of all your efforts and put it up in the churches and on the website so that everyone knows what a clever lot you are.
If you have a problem with seeing the story or sending a photo then let me know and we will sort out a way for you to do it too.
Have lots of fun.

2. Some of you may have seen news about the rainbows people are creating and putting in windows. Here’s the challenge if you’d like to try it along with some rainbow prayers. 

Messy Church in a Bag is available in the porch at Barrington Church and outisde the Rectory in Orwell if you would like to collect one on your exercise.

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Children in Services

All Age Services in Barrington, Croydon and Orwell offer a form of worship which is simpler and more responsive, which is often easier for families. These services do not have communion and usually the talk, and maybe the prayers, are interactive in some way.

Children are very welcome at all our services, please do not worry about normal children’s noise, and if you need to move about with your baby or toddler please feel free to do so. Children learn about being in church through being there, and as they grow they can be helped to follow what is going on.



The Benefice has two primary schools that the church is involved with.

Petersfield which is a Church of England (aided) school that covers the parishes of, Arrington, Croydon, Wimpole and Orwell within the benefice.

Barrington which is a Church of England (voluntary controlled) school that covers the parish of Barrington within the benefice.

Both schools also recruit from parishes beyond the benefice.

We work within both schools, participating in Collective Worship, as School Governors, providing REActive Church and services within the church.