I’m often asked, “What is Open House and what happens there?” Well, Open House is Holy Trinity’s baby and toddler group, and as its name suggests welcomes all pre-school children and their parents and carers. We meet on a Wednesday morning during term time, downstairs in the Trinity Centre. We are ready to welcome people from 9.30am.
The first part of the morning is very informal – the children play with toys and the grown-ups drink tea and coffee and chat. After about an hour or so we put the toys away and the children sit down with a drink and a biscuit.
About 30 odd years ago Holy Trinity started a ‘Pram Service’ in the church which over the years has developed into Open House. To keep the connection with this we always have a prayer, a bible story and a song following the drink and biscuit. We have a variety of story tellers, including the clergy, and we have various percussion instruments for the children to play while the grown-ups sing the song to a CD.
The last session of the morning involves singing nursery rhymes – with the actions of course! Finally, after a quiet time of blowing bubbles everyone goes home at about 11.30am or so.
Margaret Le Brocq