Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance

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Child Friendly Church

Shanklin United Reformed Church has received a national award which recognises its good work with children, young people and families

The Child Friendly Church Award is run by the United Reformed Church and is designed to encourage local congregations to aim for high standards in their welcome and ministry to families. The Church of England also runs this scheme. Churches are required to go through a process of self assessment followed by a review looking at how they work with children and young people, including good practice and safeguarding measures. A three to five year development plan is also drawn up to help with better planning.

The plaque which is by our front door has a double message: It tells the community that here is a church that welcomes children, young people and their parents. It also reminds everyone in the church to offer a warm welcome and to keep up the good work that has been achieved.

Minister, Rev Brian Harley, commented, “This was a very proud moment for me as it was a recognition of all the hard work that so many people in our church family put in. We are delighted to have achieved this award which reflects the standards we seek to work to. People with children often say that they feel welcome when they come along to our services and other activities. We hope that this will encourage more people to look in and see what we have to offer – worship that aims to include everyone, special Sunday activities for children and young people, CatURpillars – our Parent and Child Activity Sessions, plus various social events, picnics and walks. It is not all about families of course. One of our visitors commented recently that we should also get a Mature Middle-aged Friendly Church Award!”

Junior Church

Our Church caters for young people of all ages.


On Sunday mornings, apart from the last Sunday of the month, the Junior Church provides activities for 5 - 13 year olds.
They usually leave after a couple of songs and go downstairs for their own activities.  On the first Sunday they return for Communion, but otherwise they don't return until the service is over.


There are all age 'Encounter' café style services at the end of each month, often with many of the children participating.

Messy Church

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Messy Church takes place regularly throughout the year: usually Easter, Summer, Harvest, 31st October and Christmas.

Our next one...

Will be on:

Saturday 23rd March

15:30 - 17:30


Free Easter fun for all the family - no unaccompanied children please

Plenty of crafty fun activities

Come as a family; bring the grandchildren along – any combination is fine!

Enjoy it together!


For information contact Janet Harley:

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