Church-School Club (CASK) and links with our schools

  • A coffee morning was held in St. John's Church to explore the possibility of establishing better links with our schools and bringing more children and their families into Church
  • It was suggested that a joint Benefice initiative would be beneficial
  • The group looked at three possible ways to encourage children (some of which are already provided in the Benefice)

Messy Church

  • Volunteers provide activities in Church which are related to the bible for accompanied school age children
  • The next Messy Church event will be held at St John's on Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day  
  • It is hoped to extend Messy Church after Easter to provide a Saturday tea time meal for invited families


  • Volunteers from St John's provide a lunch-time weekly club in Staplegrove Church School for Key Stage 1 children. This includes a bible reading and associated activity
  • This could be extended to provide an after-school club, although this would be more of a commitment from volunteers
  • An after school club is already been held at Norton Fitzwarren Church School although this is run by a member of staff at the school

Open the Book

  • This is an initiative which has been developed by the Bible Society and is already running in a large number of schools across the country 
  • Volunteers go into schools and use the Lion Bible in assemblies or collective worship to act out stories with the children
  • It was suggested that we should find out where Open the Book sessions are already provided in Taunton so that we can explore the initiative further

If you would like further information or become involved as a volunteer or have any other ideas for creating links to our schools, please contact Iona on 276080 or Moira on 279686. They would love to hear from you