On Sunday 6th March, at the Mothering Sunday service, the congregation received their first Child Friendly Church Award.
Children are not just the future church but the present church
The Child Friendly Church Award aims to encourage and enable churches to provide children with the very best possible experience of church, and involve children in the liturgy from as early an age as possible. The Award, which began in the Diocese of Liverpool, is now awarded in dioceses across the country.
Revd Ian Greenwood said: "We are delighted to receive this award, we take our children's work very seriously and have been working towards this for some time. At St. Anne's we believe that children are not just the future church but the present church - and an integral part of it! There couldn't be a more fitting day to receive this award, a day when we celebrate the joy of family and at St. Anne's, our church family matters!"
Sue Mitchell, Children & Families Missioner, said: “It was a real delight to be able to present St Anne’s Aigburth with the CFC Award on Mothering Sunday. It was wonderful to see the welcome children receive in church and most importantly how comfortable they were in their surroundings. The uniformed organisations took part with the Rainbows leading some very special prayers for their mums!
“Two toddlers proudly presented two teddies, one being ‘Church Teddy’ dressed in robes, then they joyfully gave everyone a big wave from the altar steps - it only served to highlight to me just how comfy children are in this church.
“In all the service was a delight and I left for home feeling both welcomed, encouraged and uplifted. St Anne’s is without doubt a child and family friendly church. My thanks go to all who work so hard to achieve this - well done!”