Diocese of Portsmouth

    Families pack church for Easter fun day

    Children and Young People
    8 April 2023

    MORE than 100 children and 65 adults joined in an Easter family fun day at a Lee-on-the-Solent church.

    St Faith’s church hall and its grounds were packed with families experiencing something of the Easter story through games, activities, songs and crafts. It was just the latest in a series of family-oriented events hosted by the church.

    The Easter Eggstravaganza included the chance for children to decorate Easter biscuits, use sponges to paint, bang nails into a wooden cross, make a collage of the empty tomb, and create an Easter garden using plants and props.

    There was a junk model challenge, where the idea was for children to create a parachute and capsule that would prevent a water balloon from bursting. The contraptions were dropped from the roof of the church to see which would protect its fragile cargo the best.

    There was a baby area, and a toddlers’ playzone where pre-school children could play in an enclosed area outside. Tea, coffee and cake were all provided.

    The event ended with everyone gathering for songs, prayers and a celebration of the Easter theme. Families that had brought food could then share picnics inside and outside the church.

    Children were given the experience of hammering nails into wood, recalling Jesus's crucifixion
    Art and craft were part of the Easter eggstravaganza at St Faith's, Lee-on-the-Solent
    One challenge was to make a capsule and parachute that would prevent a water balloon from bursting when it was dropped from the church roof
    The morning finished with songs themed around Good Friday and Easter Sunday

    The vicar, the Rev Paul Chamberlain, said: “We put on this event because we want to give an opportunity for children to think about the Easter story, and to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.

    “Among the other things that St Faith’s does are a toddler group which is very popular, Messy Church, Kids @11 which is our Sunday morning group, and two youth groups.

    “It’s important to engage with children, young people and families because the good news is for them, and also because we want to pass on the Christian faith to those of all generations.”

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    Victoria Square Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9NF

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