Many churches across Sussex celebrated All Hallows' Eve. There were many creative ways that churches engaged with families bys offering hot chocolate, glow sticks and organising games and light parties.
Rev David Coleman Rector at St Mary’s West Chiltington said it's a great opportunity to build a relationship with families.
The Church in West Sussex welcomed around 30 children and their parents. They kicked off with games and craft activities in the church hall, children with glow sticks and candles made their way to St Mary’s on a pumpkin lit Churchyard trek.
Children left with a goody bag, including a free trade pack from the meaningful chocolate company, Scripture Union’s Who is the Light? Leaflet and sweets donated by the local Post Office Stores. In the historic Norman church families heard about the origins of trick or treating, pumpkins and the importance of our own lights of hope, peace and kindness making a difference in our world as Christians.
Rev David Coleman said: "Our whole approach was to provide a light stop option for the many families who go trick or treating. It was fabulous seeing witches, vampires, werewolves and zombies in church singing this little light of mine and hearing what Christians believe about Jesus as the light of the world.
"As a church we only get a couple of children most Sundays so this was a great opportunity to build a relationship with families and let them know that we are here for them."
St Mary’s hope that this very successful Light Stop event will open up a dialogue with parents and carers about shaping future provision for children.
St. Luke's Prestonville in Brighton creates a Hot Choc Stop outside the church to give people a break from trick or treating and a hot drink to warm up. Rev Martin Poole said: "We aim to help people to make the connection between All Hallows Eve and All Hallows/All Saints day by inviting trick-or-treaters to take a saints card with stories about the saints faithfulness to God despite suffering and martyrdom. We also run a foodbank drop of at the same time to encourage the children to think about giving back, not just taking."