Children & Youth

The Ironstone Churches are proud of the work they do with children and youth across the Benefice. As well as the following activities, children are always welcome at our services. 


BENEFICE YOUTH COUNCIL - If you are a young person and would like to get involved in shaping what Ironstone Churches has to offer your generation you could consider joining our Benefice Youth Council - Email Rev Bev for more details on

Little Gems

Little Gems Toddler Group is for babies and toddlers and their parents or carers. It is held every Wednesday at 10am in St Mary Magdalene Church, Waltham on the Wolds.

MESSY CHURCH! is for all ages from 0-99 years. It is held in Scalford Church on the last Tuesday of each month, from 3.30pm - 5.00pm. The format is crafts, games and activities around a Bible theme, followed by a 2-course meal.  A small donation towards running costs is asked for. - JUST POP ALONG TO SEE IF IT'S FOR YOU.  FOR ALL 2013 MESSY CHURCH DATES & MORE INFO EMAIL 





Messy Church is a national initiative. It began in April 2004 in an Anglican church near Portsmouth. It is a church for families who perhaps find traditional church not to their taste and a typical session would include craft activities, a short celebration and a meal (we have cake and coffee so as not to clash with Sunday lunch).


The aims are:

to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together

to help people of all ages feel they belong in church and to each other

to help people have fun and be creative together

to introduce Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship


Every Messy Church is unique and responsive both to God’s call to serve its own surrounding community and to the character of the existing church community there.


We are committing ourselves to bring this new ‘flavour’ of church to this area and do hope that you will give it a try. Demand for creative pursuits is high locally and this is a way to combine the creative talents with which we have been blessed (everyone has some!) together with learning about our Creator God in a participative and interesting way.


On the 4th Sunday of each month, we hold Messy Church at Waltham church. Starting at 10.20am, it generally finishes around 11.30ish when we all enjoy drinks (including freshly brewed coffee) and homemade cake!





We run Holiday clubs in Scalford and Waltham for children upto 11 years during the school summer holidays. Older children are encouraged to come and help out.  Parents, carers and members of the communities are also welcome to help if they would like to.  We have great fun and the sessions are filled with crafts, games, activities and music - all around a Bible theme.



We are currently planning our Holiday clubs for 2014 - keep checking this space for more details.  If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved, email or contact Rev Beverley Stark at The Vicarage on 01664 464600 or email her at

Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


Ironstone Churches

Rev Canon Beverley Stark
23 Melton Road
Waltham on the Wolds

Melton Mowbray


LE14 4AJ

Tel: +44 (0)1664 464600





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