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Children's church trail organised by Rickmansworth Decorative and Fine Arts Society 'a great success'
The launch of a new scheme to teach children about architecture and history has been hailed a "great success" by organisers.
Local children were invited to a guided "trail" around a Rickmansworth church last week.
The Rickmansworth Decorative and Fine Arts Society (RDFAS) prepared the Children’s Church Trail for St Mary’s Rickmansworth. This is the society’s first church trail and the first in south west Hertfordshire and it was launched at the start-of-year service for St Mary’s School on September 19.
The service was led by the vicar, Reverend Deborah Snowball, and attended by the chairman of Three Rivers District Council, Les Mead and the area National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) Chairman, Mike Gadsden, as well as Councillors Paula Hiscocks and Ralph Sangster.
After the service around 60 children from St Mary’s School enjoyed the trail, assisted by members of the church and RDFAS.
The Trail is designed for children aged between eight and 12 but can be suitable for people of all ages. The trail guides the participant round a church looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults.
The aim is to encourage both children and adults to explore the building. The trail may be used by children's groups, by families visiting the church, by clergy and staff and with schools. Deborah Snowball, Vicar of St Mary’s, said she had learned "so much about her church from the NADFAS Trail".
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