'˜Always a warm welcome at Denmead church'
By Revd Emma Racklyeft, vicar of All Saints Church, DenmeadÂ
OnÂ a very hot, sunny Sunday afternoon, 80 adults and children enjoyed a Teddy Bears' Picnic at AllÂ Saints Church, Denmead.Â
After the success of this initiative last year, families from across DenmeadÂ were again invitedÂ to come and share an afternoon of party games, face painting, crafts, singing, bubbles, picnic foodÂ and ice-cream!
The picnic brought together families from Messy Church, Little Stars (our baby and toddler group) and those whose children have been baptisedÂ at All Saints.
Everyone brought their favouriteÂ teddy or cuddly toy to join in the games.
All Saints launched the Teddy Bears' Picnic last year, and we were thrilled to see so many familiesÂ returning this year, along with several new families. Several said how much they enjoyed the teddyÂ bear hunt around the church and gardens, and the ice-creams.
We areÂ involved with a range of activities and services thatÂ support young families. For the 37th year, Denmead Activities and Bible SchoolÂ (DABS) will take place this summer, run in partnership with the local Baptists and Catholics.
It is anÂ amazing week in which children learn about God's love and care.Â
We regularly host a Messy Church on Saturdays between 3.30pm andÂ 5.30pm. The next session is September 15.
Each session explores a Bible story through messy arts and crafts, games, singing andÂ prayer. Â
It isÂ full of fun, friendship and laughter and finishes with a yummy meal for all.Â
We then have various services, a Sunday School and Youth Explorers which help our youngstersÂ explore faith and encounter God.
This year we have also launched a baby and toddler group, Little Stars, which meets every FridayÂ from 9.15am to 11.15am in term time. Babies and toddlers have plenty of toys to play with, andÂ parents and carers can meet new people and catch up with friends.
There is always a snack forÂ young and old, and a chance to sing together.
We welcome everyone '“ whatever your age.
Go toÂ allsaintsdenmead.org.uk orÂ call on (023) 9226 8757.