Children & Young People

Children and young people have a special place in the life of our churches. We try to provide something for all ages. Do get in touch for further information.

Children are welcome at all our services, and there is no need to worry about them making a bit of noise!  Most of our churches have a children’s corner with a supply of books and toys. Sometimes, at bigger services, we can provide a creche.  

Some services are specifically tailored to families and children. Look out for the words Family Service.  But they are welcome at all services, and often enjoy something a bit different from everyday life!

The Ministry Team regularly visit all our village schools for collective worship and other events.  We sometimes hold Prayer Spaces in the schools.

From time to time we also put on workshops, musical events, or family walks.

You can get more information from Joanna Clifford by emailing


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Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine takes place in St Mary’s in Kirtlington every Wednesday during the school terms.

Who is it for?

Rise & Shine is for all ages, young and old, although it mainly appeals to families with young children living in the Akeman Benefice. The children play with a whole range of toys and crafty activities, before tucking into a wonderful array of healthy snacks (and cake). There are of course hot drinks and plenty of cake for the adults too!

We end the session by gathering on the mat and singing some well-loved children’s songs and finish with a short bible story. Rise & Shine was established for those who do not necessarily see themselves as church-goers.

We welcome everybody to come and join us and to learn in this informal and fun setting. The Akeman Benefice Rise & Shine is for anyone living in one of our seven parishes and their friends and family. All children need to be accompanied by any adult.


What happens?

Rise & Shine begins at 9.15am with crafts and activities. There is a different theme every session, a Bible story or an idea. 

  • 9.15am – On arrival you will be greeted and signed in.
  • 9.15am – 10am – Children get stuck into fun activities and a range of toys
  • 10am – 10.15am – The celebration continues with snacks and drinks
  • 10.15am – We finish our session with some fun songs and a short bible story


Where and when does it happen?

Rise & Shine takes place every Wednesday during school term time – please email Joanna Clifford to be added to the mailing list and you will receive an email with details as soon as it is up and running again.

Rise & Shine is a free event – just turn up and enjoy yourself. We do ask for a suggested donation of £2 per person for food and resources but this is at your discretion.


Is my child too young?

We have activities and toys that suit all ages, including babies. Rise & Shine is for all children – and their parents! 


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