Children and Families

Pentecost Messy Church in a Bag and Zoom

May of you had a good time with the Pentecost bags and those who joined Zoom enjoyed that too.

Some of you have been really busy so I’ve made a collage of your photos here

The next Messy Church in a Bag will be available in the porch at Barrington Church and outside the Rectory in Orwell on Sat 20th June and you are welcome to join in with our Messy Chruch by Zoom on Sun 28th June. Our theme this month will be Noah’s Ark.

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 either create a rainbow or to play or sing ‘over the rainbow’… photos and videos will be welcome. Here are some prayers to go along with it.

and for those who have budding scientists this may be useful


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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.