Bishop to launch new church trail

Pupils who worked on the church trail receive their certificates D14142104a
Pupils who worked on the church trail receive their certificates D14142104a

A NEW church trail is to be launched in Upper Beeding by the Bishop of Chichester.

The community project was initiated by Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society and has been worked on with the help of children at Upper Beeding Primary School.

A group of 12 pupils has spent the last six months learning about St Peter’s Church, in Church Lane, and helping to create a series of questions for the trail.

Society vice-chairman Ann Blakelock has used their ideas to create the finished product, a church trail designed to be used by children with the help of an adult to help them explore features in the church.

The Rev John Challis said: “The Lord Bishop is visiting all the churches in the diocese in his first two years in office.

“How the churches are working with children is a big thing for him, so this is a terrific project to show him and a great way for him to learn about the church.”

Certificates and book tokens were presented to the 12 children in a special assembly on Tuesday and prizes for the best trail went to Poppy Rodwell and Jasmine Healy, who worked on a trail together.

Teacher Dani Brown said the children involved were talented artists in key stage two who had visited the church to explore things like objects, writing and paintings inside.

She explained: “We looked at the symbols in the church and made the questions, then used what they had seen to create some felt panels to represent the school, St Peter’s Church and St Nicholas Church in Bramber.”

Society chairman Penny Hill explained church trails were a relatively new project launched by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFA).

“I went to a presentation about church trails and it was at that meeting a year ago that I was inspired to start our first one in the Steyning society,” she added.

The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, will visit St Peter’s Church tomorrow to launch the trail and hopefully complete it with some of the children.

Children from Upper Beeding and Steyning primary schools have been invited to visit the church with their parents for the launch on Tuesday, April 8, at 10am.