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Children and Families Ministry

Steph Packham is our Children and Families Worker, working with churches & schools.
(see  Our Team for her contact details)
  • Engaging with church services and helping to develop children and families ministry
  • Going in to schools - helping, exploring faith where appropriate and supporting collective worship and RE as requested. 

"Open The Book”
Acting out Bible stories, taken from the “Lion Story teller Bible,” by Bob Hartman. The stories are acted out by members of the church community and often the children are also involved.  There is a scripted introduction and after the story there is a conclusion, which helps the children think about what the story might mean for them.  This is followed by a prayer to close.

Open the book

Currently this is run at:
Halberton “Tea & Cake Club” on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.Uplowman Primary School, once a month

Prayer Spaces 
So far some of these creative prayer spaces have been in some of the churches, it is hoped that these may also be used in local schools either as an hour long session for a group to look at six spaces, or as a single space to be set up and remain for a period of time. These are reflective spaces and can be used in a helpful way for children of any faith or of no faith to take time to be still, to think about things such as ‘thankfulness’, ‘saying sorry’, ‘the wider world’, ‘self image’, ‘people in need of help’ and ‘big questions’. 


Bible Story Clubs
These are currently being run in two Primary Schools as lunch time clubs.

Holcombe Rogus – Linda Butler leads this group. Linda has created all sorts of lovely puppets to recreate the stories. She follows the story telling with a craft based activity, bringing together a connecting theme for all the stories in a series, for example “the Miracles of Jesus” and “Jesus changes lives”.

Burlescombe – Steph Packham leads this group using the “Godly Play” stories. These stories are followed by a series of ‘wondering questions’ which encourage the children to engage with the story and think about what it might mean to them. This term we will be looking at ‘Parables.’

Steph is available to go into schools to help with Assemblies.

The Easter Experience
As part of Uplowman School’s Easter Service they used some of the Easter Experience material. We hope to be able to use this material again.

Church Visits 
Two of our schools have visited their local churches to look at the topic of ‘Belonging’ and what it means for a Christian to belong. One of the Preschools groups has also visited to explore around the church, enjoy some refreshments together and have a story.

End of Term Services
All of our church schools have end of term services in the churches. The children often help put the services together and bring their own worship songs, presentations and often their own prayers.

Family Services
It is lovely for everyone to be actively involved in church life. As such we would be very happy to work with children or families who would like to take a more active role in the service, especially our All Age worship; perhaps with the bible reading, dramatization, prayers, welcoming, taking the collection, helping with refreshments, perhaps playing an instrument – what ever people feel most comfortable with. Steph is willing to meet to discuss. Please do get in touch!

Visiting Schools
Steph is available to go in to schools and preschools on request.

Yr.6 Transitions Lessons
Towards the end of the summer term Steph visits each of our schools to spend some time with Yr 6 pupils as they prepare for leaving Primary School.  Together they consider some of the challenges, choices and changes ahead, not forgetting all the exciting new opportunities.

Squarefish is a pioneering initiative in Mid Devon for young people interested in finding out more about the Christian faith.

Sampford Peverell Messy Church
Messy Church is a fun, relaxed, family-centred approach to worship. Based on the core values of creativity, hospitality and celebration.