Tea and Tissues

Author: The Revd Mark Capron

Published on: 30 March 2018

First day at school can be an emotional time for children as well as parents and grandparents; frequently with a tear shed.

With the support of the Mothers’ Union (St Nicholas Church) we created a simple, yet effective event for the benefit of parents and grandparents, suitably entitled ‘Tea and Tissues’. Held on the first day that the children started in their new classes, the ‘Tea and Tissues’ event offered tea, cake and tissues in abundance for parents, carers and grandparents along with an opportunity to talk with people who had been through it before.

We also had the aim to use ‘Tea and Tissues’ as the spring board to begin a new baby and toddler group and it became the catalyst for the formation of ‘Little Nippers’ which, within six months, had a waiting list.

‘Tea and Tissues’ is another way that we can work well with and support the local school and community. Even though ‘Little Nippers’ is now well established, the school is keen for us to keep offering ‘Tea and Tissues’ each year. What began as an opportunity to serve people has now also resulted in a much loved and enjoyed baby and toddler group run by young parents with the support of members of the church, in church.

The children are used to coming into the church and are excited to be there. They begin their lives with wonderful memories of being in a place of worship and enjoying being part of the Bible stories and prayer, all thanks to ‘Tea and Tissues’ (and cake!).

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The Revd Mark Capron

Licensed clergy - Incumbent: Rector, Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe & Shernborne (Benefice)

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