MUMS and dads are being encouraged to join a family church service in Quedgeley this Sunday.
The innovative new-style service is held once a month and includes worship, singing and craft activities.
It will be held at St James Church from 10.30am.
To prepare for the service, children from Chatterbox, the church’s parent and toddler group, designed animal ears and attached them to headbands before parading them around the church to music.
Father John Ward said: “It was a busy morning. All the youngsters were looking forward to parading around the church. They’ll be able to do it again on Sunday.”
The theme for April is the ‘Great Parade’ and focuses on Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is on April 13 and begins Holy Week.
The service usually includes a period of worship, song, storytime, arts and crafts followed by a free buffet lunch. A designated children’s corner is now available containing a soft play area, small table and chairs, books, paper and crayons.
The service begins at 10.30am and lasts for one hour. Food is then served and there is a chance to socialise. This will be the fourth time this style of service has taken place at St James’. Previously congregations of more than 130 have attended.
Sheena Pinnell, a resident of Quedgeley, said: ‘'I really enjoy coming to the family service at St James, there is a lovely relaxed atmosphere and we are made very welcome, my children really enjoy the craft aspect to the service and the bible story. It makes learning about God fun and it is great to see the children really getting stuck in."
Karen Visor, also from Quedgeley, said: ‘It’s inviting, fun, meet new people and it’s a gentle introduction to worship for the young and the not so young."
Emily Visor, aged seven, said: "It is fun because I like doing crafts and singing, playing with friends and meeting new people."