Storytime Service shares success

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undefinedWorshippers at St. Alban's church in Offerton, Stockport, are celebrating the success of their new 'Storytime Service' by enabling other churches to set up their own version.

The service, introduced in July last year, involves reading bible stories, singing songs and drinking plenty of hot chocolate. Held every Sunday evening, it already regularly attracts around 15 children and their carers, most of whom are new to the church, or previously on its “fringe.

Marie Flint, Children’s Worker at St. Alban’s, said: “At Storytime Service we are growing a community of Sunday worshippers who enjoy coming to church together regularly, as a family. Everybody loves stories and the relaxed bedtime feel puts us all in a good mood. Everyone looks forward to it each week; and what’s more we’re learning about Jesus“.

The Revd Andrew Lythall, Vicar, added: “This is a really simple way of connecting with families, by telling the story of Jesus in an imaginative and creative way. It has proven itself incredibly effective in building community.”

The Revd Ian Rumsey, Diocesan Parish Development Officer, said: “Storytime is just great. PJs, candles, tales, songs and hot chocolate – the essentials of a fresh expression of church! How brilliant that new families are being invited into such a warm setting of worship and wonder. Jesus knew the power of stories and St Alban’s is following his lead to great effect.”

A Storytime Service handbook has been produced, available from St. Alban’s church and selected Christian bookshops, and a new website will enable churches to discover more about what the Storytime Service is all about, and how to run it themselves. More information is available from www.storytimeservice.org.uk

 



Pictured: some of the Storytime Serviice congregation at St. Alban’s  - Marie Flint and Andrew Lythall with the new Storytime Handbook