Another Ribble Valley church has won the Child Friendly Award.
St Paul’s, Low Moor, received the accreditation from Blackburn Diocese during a special service in the Cathedral last Friday when the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, preached and later presented the award.
To receive the award, a church must show it has a welcoming attitude to children, including those with disabilities, has child protection policies in place and encourages children to play a significant part in the life of the church. Mrs Lynda Leadbeater, Reader at St Paul’s and who runs a young families’ group in the parish, oversaw the necessary preparation for the award and liaised with Susan Witts, the Diocesan Children’s Adviser.
Canon Rodney Nicholson, vicar of St Paul’s, said: “We are delighted and encouraged to have received this award – the 75th parish in the diocese to do so – and are most grateful to Lynda Leadbeater whose care and commitment have brought us to this point.”