Young People and Family/ All Age Ministry

Celebrate@4

This is monthly informal worship, which takes place on the 4th Saturday of each month, in a village hall, which is laid out like a ‘café’ church with tables and chairs in groups.

We serve refreshments, including tea and, always, cake, from 3:45pm. The service starts at 4pm and finishes by 4:45pm. This service is suitable for all ages. We have contemporary and traditional music using worship videos and our own band, teaching, craft activities, creative prayers, and time for reflection. There is always something to keep the younger members occupied as the adults engage with the teaching, which is simple, accessible and informal, with a message to take away and think about.

New volunteers would be welcomed, particularly to help with refreshments, but also to get involved with worship, and we’d be delighted to welcome some younger faces to our planning team (Age 12+ ideally). Please speak to Karen Armbrister for more information, or email CWBirdingbury@gmail.com / 07919 594559

We have a Facebook page and would be happy to welcome you if you’d like to request to join! Look for ‘Celebrate@4’ or ask Karen for details.



Holiday Bible Club

We have, for many years until the pandemic, during the summer holidays, held a week of play and praise for children of primary school age at Knightlow School. Daily worship, craft activities, outdoor play, all in a safe and fun environment, following a ‘Bible’ theme. Over past years between 30 and 40 children have attended. These sessions are popular with both children and parents, and feedback has always been positive. A dedicated group of committed adults supervise. But, we’ve found it harder and harder to find new volunteers, as those who have helped for many years get older, and now we cannot run the Club, in the same successful format, unless we re-think things.

As with all activities, we need some new volunteers to help us to revitalise it. Ideally, we seek people who are interested in working with children (experience is helpful but not essential), and who are happy to support the aims and objectives of our team. There are many roles, suiting all skills and experience, including teaching or helping in groups, assisting with craft activities, serving refreshments or supervising and helping with team activities after lunch. Volunteers should be over the age of 18 and will require a DBS check. We are always interested to hear from those between 12 and 18 who might like to be Junior Helpers; the children love it when they have older teenagers to help and guide them.

If you think you’d like to explore helping us to get our Holiday Bible Club back up and running over the next year or so, we would love to hear from you. Thank you.

Contact: The Priest-in-Charge, Reverend Phil Price on revphilprice@outlook.com or Karen Armbrister, Church Warden, on cwbirdingbury@gmail.com


Knightlow C of E Primary School

Everyone at Knightlow C of E Primary School feels privileged to be a part of the Draycote Benefice and to be able to work in partnership with our foundation governors, the worship team, members of the church congregations and the local communities for the benefit of our children. As a single form entry village school, many of our families live within the Draycote parishes and the school has a very positive and fruitful relationship with the church, which we would really hope to continue and build upon.

For us, the links with the church run deeper than just maintaining our Christian character and are founded on a strong relationship between us the incumbent and the worship team from the benefice. This relationship allows us to show the children what faith can mean in their lives, and incorporates acts of worship, learning about Christianity in action, delivering a rich and imaginative R.E. curriculum, seeing the church as a place for all people and engaging in creative prayer and reflection.

The children and the staff are able to get to know their vicar as someone who is interested in them and who is able to demonstrate what it means to be a practising Christian. They love to learn more about the Bible, and we try to seek different opportunities for them to build their understanding and express their own thoughts and beliefs openly and honestly. During our vacancy our enthusiastic team are maintaining and reinforcing this important link.