Award for child-friendly church in Clitheroe and Chatburn

Members of both St Paul's, Low Moor, and its sister parish of Christ Church, Chatburn, receiving a plaque from Dr John Sentamu, with the Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, looking on.
Members of both St Paul's, Low Moor, and its sister parish of Christ Church, Chatburn, receiving a plaque from Dr John Sentamu, with the Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, looking on.

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.”