Four swift nest boxes have been made by children from Alfriston Primary School using marine plywood. They were installed behind the louvres in the upper part of the flint tower of the church on 2nd May 2017, around the time that Swifts arrive back in the UK from their winter migration to sub-
A recording of the swift call, a screeching sound, is played in the early in the morning to try and attract swifts to these new boxes. It may be a couple of years before the birds establish their territory and use the nest boxes.
The project is a response to the decline in swift numbers in the UK thought to be a result in the decline in suitable nesting places. This is a result of improvements to old buildings and new building design. Swifts nest in gaps in the roof of a building or crevices in a wall. The population was estimated at 80,000 in 1990 and is thought to have declined by 50% since then.
Messy Church is for families who might want to meet Jesus, belong to their local church and bring up their children as Christians, but can't always manage traditional Sunday morning church services. It's a relaxed time of creativity, worship, coffee and biscuits!
"We start by lighting a candle, then we have a story from the Bible. We might sing a song that goes with the story and then we have an activity that goes with everything.
Sometimes we celebrate a special occasion, like Mothering Sunday, or Advent. We use crafts and mime and movement and lots and lots of glitter! So far the highlights have been:
We've also made Advent Wreaths, bird feeders, and acted out the miracle of the fishes. We even turned water into wine -
There are refreshments after the activities for both children and adults. The adults are welcome to stay and help if they wish. Age groups is 2 to 10 (though anyone is welcome).
Messy Church lasts for one hour and it's free. It normally takes place at Arlington Village Hall on the third Sunday of each month -
For further information about Messy Church at Arlington please contact Mrs Nicola Bloom -
Tel. 01273 487867 or send an email.
Poetry from contributors in our Benefice can be found here.