By Betsy Everett
Children of the Upper Wensleydale Sunday school gather at the Market Cross, Askrigg, with parents, carers, friends, buckets and spades for a day at the seaside, as the long summer holidays draw to a close.
Saltburn by the Sea was the destination for the annual trip but the Sunday school children also enjoy bushcraft in the woods, harvest festival celebrations, pet services, arts, crafts and a multitude of other activities throughout the year.
“Our Sunday school has a Christian ethos and a lot of the activities are centred on the church year, like Advent, Christmas, Easter and harvest, but there’s a huge range of things for the children to do, and church membership is definitely not a requirement,” says Gemma Anderson of Askrigg.
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“We’ve been delighted to see how the Sunday school has grown in the past two years and would always welcome new members.”
The Sunday school meets every week at either St Oswald’s Church Askrigg, St Matthew’s, Stalling Busk, St Mary and St John’s, Hardraw, or Gayle Methodist Chapel.
This Sunday, September 3, they will join the family communion service at Hardraw at 9am and a baptism at Stalling Busk at 2.30pm. On Sunday, September 10, they will be at Gayle chapel at 4pm, Sunday 17, bushcraft at St Oswald’s at 4pm, and Sunday, 24, harvest festival at Lowlands Farm, Askrigg at 10.30am.