Children and Families in The Stourdene Benefice


In the Stourdene Benefice we believe that passing on the stories of the Bible is an important part of our ministry. We have an active and enthusiastic team of volunteers who visit 2 local primary schools at Ettington & Newbold and Tredington regularly.

Storytellers or Open the Book is a programme for schools organised by the Bible Society. Bible stories are presented at school assembly at Ettington school one week and Tredington school the next throughout the term. We have great fun presenting the stories in dramatic form which means we get to dress up and use lots of props. We involve as many children as possible in our productions and they are amazing, especially as they have only 5 or 10 minutes preparation time. The team has a bit more rehearsal time, usually meeting the week before to practice. Rehearsals are great fun and involve a lot of laughter.  At the moment we have 2 teams of storytellers.

Godly Play
A team of volunteers visit Ettington and Newbold and Tredington schools every week to share Godly Play. We sit together in a sacred circle to listen to a Bible story which is told using appropriate props. Then we have time for ‘wondering’ when the children are encouraged to talk about the story. Thursday is Godly Play day – with visits to Ettington in the morning and Tredington and then Newbold in the afternoon. Godly Play time is very special as we explore with the children such questions as: ‘How big is God?’ – ‘ Who was God’s grandma?’ – ‘Did Jesus travel to Jerusalem in a car?’ (Let us know if you know the answers to any of these.)

New volunteers for the Storytellers and/or Godly Play teams would be very welcome. If you would like to get involved in this important work with children, while at the same time having a lot of fun, do contact us. You don’t need to be available for every session and any help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact: Ali Massey, ali.massey@stourdene.org (07837124508) or Peter Waters priors51@btinternet.com (01789 740823)

Messy Church
For families with primary school age children we hold ‘Messy’ church at Halford on the 4th Sunday of each month at 4pm. We use the Godly Play format to share a Bible story, using the props and discussing the story afterwards. Then comes the fun bit – making a mess as we respond to the story with some craft activity. If you would like to bring your children to these fun sessions, just turn up at Halford on the 4th Sunday and help us make a mess. You will be most welcome.

Family Gathering with Sunday School
Each second Sunday of the month in Pillerton Village Hall  at 11.30am we hold a family get together, a chance for parents to catch up with one another over a coffee and bacon butty, with a brand NEW Sunday School for children of all ages. Each ‘Get Together’ has a theme and there are lots of fun activities for children to get involved with.  Why don’t you come along to enjoy a butty and a chat?


Birthday – Ordination and Loos!

Church News – June 2014

June promises to be an interesting month, not least because we have two united Benefice Services in the one month! Firstly we will come together for the Benefice Service a week early this month to celebrate Pentecost, or the birthday of the Church. This will be at Alderminster on Sunday 8th June.

Ascension Day comes forty days after the resurrection of Christ from the dead and then ten days later we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts chapter 2 describes how the Holy Spirit came with the sound of a violent wind and like tongues of fire that rested on all the disciples who were gathered in Jerusalem. Jesus was no longer present as a living being with his followers here on earth and so God breathed his Holy Spirit into the church which is now his body, “the Body of Christ”, here on earth. Any church without the Spirit is dead, just as a human body without the breath of life is dead. It is the Spirit who empowers us for life and growth in the church today just as it did over two thousand years ago.

 That is worth celebrating but so too is Ali’s ordination as a Priest which takes place at Coventry Cathedral at 5 pm on Saturday 28th; June – everybody who would like to attend that service is welcome to do so and it is likely we will be arranging a bus so we can travel up together for this special event.

 In case you cannot make the ordination, or even if you can, we are having a special joint service for the entire Benefice which will take place at Butlers Marston Church at 10.30 am on Sunday 29th June. At this service Ali will celebrate her first Communion and a good, long-standing friend on hers, The Reverend Keith Mobberley, will be the preacher at that service. We are planning to have a bring-and-share lunch after the service with a glass of wine to help aid the celebrations – do please try and join Ali to mark this very special weekend for her.

 On a practical note a loo will be provided at Butlers Marston Church that day which should make life easier for all of us!

 June is a busy month for several parishes with a series of fund raising events taking place. Pillerton and Butlers Marston both have their fetes (7th and 14th respectively) whilst Ettington have an event called “Fashionably Late” on June 13th in the Community Centre with food and Halford have their Street Party on midsummer’s day. There are also three weddings in June – all at Butlers Marston.

 We try to mention all of these events, and others, in the “Weekly Grapevine” newsletter that now goes out to over seventy homes in the Benefice by e-mail. If you do not yet receive this weekly e-mail please let us know and we would be only too pleased to add your name to the list of recipients so you can be kept informed of what is going on. If you do not have e-mail, please ask someone in your parish who does, and I am sure they will be willing to print a copy of the letter off for you.

Similarly if there are events in your parish that you would like to tell others about please let me know and they can be included in the “Weekly Grapevine”.

 Finally, June is a very busy month for our schools with the end of the academic year fast approaching. It is a very important term for children who have exams to sit and who will be moving on to the next level of their education. Please pray for the children and their teachers at this busy and significant point in their school careers. Thank you.

 John Horton,

June 2014.


Creative Group

Posted by Alison Massey on Aug 24, 2013 in Ali Massey, Stourdene News

Do you like to make things?  Can you sew?  Can you cut and stick?  Or work in any other media?  Would you like to meet with other people in the Benefice to form a ‘Stourdene Creative Group’  to make items for worship and/or to decorate our churches?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions then please contact Ali Massey as soon as possible for a chat – ali.massey@stourdene.org


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