Especially for Families

Our Benefice offers something for everyone, whatever their age, with each church holding an All-age service at some point during each month.

Benefice Youth Group (BYG)

The BYG is for young people in school years 6-11. It runs once a month on a Friday evening, 7.30-9pm at Abbeystead Village Hall. As well as games and sports activities such as Uni-hoc, members enjoy cooking and craft activities, with regular trips out too! We try to ensure that young people have a voice when it comes to church decision making and so two of the club’s members are on the Diocesan Youth Council and attend PCC meetings regularly. Follow their blog to find out more!

Forest Church

Forest Church is open to anybody of any age at all who would like to learn more about God’s wonderful world. Recent events include a bat walk, with experts and bat detectors; River dipping with a local river expert; and identifying wild flowers and fauna of the churchyard. December will see us star-gazing with telescopes! All activities are outdoors, so dress appropriately! The good news is that we have recently introduced hot chocolate to round off the sessions! Please see the St Mark’s, Dolphinholme page for further details.

Sunday School

Our church Sunday schools cater for all ages and provide a varied programme of activities and stories from the Bible that help your child to discover what it means to be a follower of Jesus. See the individual church pages for further details.

Confirmation Classes

A Benefice Confirmation Service takes place each year. If you know somebody who is interested in being confirmed then please contact us.


Baptisms are encouraged within the Benefice. Please see our Baptism page for further details.

We are collecting for local food banks. Please leave your donations in church.