Bridging a gap between the young and the old is the aim of a reinvigorated Buzzbox venture at Swaffham’s St Peter and St Paul church.
Many churches run a similar event called Messy Church but Swaffham wanted to do something a bit different, something that sounded more lively.
Parochial church council secretary Irene Ranner said: “The idea is that it is a hive of activity for children and their families.
“Our purpose is to introduce the church to them so that they can learn about its importance in the community.”
Group leader Julia Richardson said congregations were more and more becoming the preserve of the elderly, adding: “We are now living in a largely secular society which means there’s a missing generation in church.”
In a long-term strategy, they hope that Buzzbox will bring new blood into the church.
At their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, children and their parents made small sheep out of cotton wool whilst learning about the parable of the lost sheep.
Vicar, the Rev Janet Allan said: “Buzzbox runs alongside our regular Saturday coffee morning and I’m delighted with it. Through play and stories they learn about the Gospel.
“The sheep they made will be hidden around the church so that they can look for them when they come to our family service tomorrow. What comes out of Buzzbox feeds into the service in which the children will play a leading part.”
The next Buzzbox meeting is due to take place on Easter Saturday, April 15, between 10am and noon.