Timperley parish breakfast club sep 2015

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undefinedTimperley parish, near Altrincham, celebrated the first birthday of its breakfast club congregation recently with a special party. The club is held once a month, and is designed to be especially accessible to busy families, who are often not able to come to church later on a Sunday morning.

Above - People meet for breakfast on the third Sunday of the month at 8.45am, at the parish hall in Timperley, and while the parents catch up with one another over coffee, the kids are free to play together.

A wide range of breakfast food is provided, from fruit platters and yoghurts to toast, cereal and croissants. At 9.30am everyone gathers to sing songs, watch a Youtube clip on the theme of the morning, listen to a short talk, and play games.

The morning ends at 10am with an ‘action blessing’, and families are then free to spend the rest of the day together.

To mark the first birthday of breakfast club, a party was held with birthday cake and games. It was also a particularly special occasion, as the parish held its first breakfast club baptism during the morning. Sophie Blackman (aged 3) and her parents have been involved with the service since its launch, and so it was fitting that she was baptised at this service, among her regular congregation.

The congregation is growing steadily. Currently, about  35 adults and 30 children come. Newcomers attend to enquire about baptism for their children, but end up returning in the months following the baptism.

Breakfast is provided each month by members of the two parish churches (Christ Church and Holy Cross) who have united to provide hospitality and welcome to these young families. The worship is always led by one of the parish clergy.

Associate Vicar of Timperley, the Revd Jenny Bridgman, said: “We want to provide a relaxed space for families to meet and worship together on a Sunday morning. Young families meet all sorts of invisible barriers to regular church involvement, and our breakfast club is one way of helping to demolish some of those barriers. “

Above - a typical scene at the breakfast club in Timperley parish hall