United Benefice of Thornhill & Whitley Lower

Serving our local communities

We had lots of fun last year and are on our Summer break now until September

The Teddy Bear's Picnic

teddy bears picnic

Tuesday 2nd August 11am-1pm at
 at the Rectory,Frank Lane
was great fun - see all the pictures on Facebook
Zacchaeus came to see Jesus

 BP at Overthorpe
Buggy Praise visited Overthorpe Academy nursery to share a story with the children. We told the story of Cecil, the lost sheep with the help of puppets. Lots of fun and the children enjoyed the songs and story very much

 The Buggy Praise Easter Picnic
Tuesday 15th March 

Lot's of fun was had by all at today's picnic with some super bonnets, including a fantastic one of the Last Supper. The children enjoyed hearing the Story and had a great time together for lunch

   egg      storytime    Last Supper bonnet

And thanks to a very generous donation, the children got an Eggstra special surprise. Everyone wants to say a very big...

Look at this wonderful artwork made by the children and helpers at Children's Activities 5th December. Lots of people worked hard to make it and a great time was had by all 

Children s Activities poster December 2015

  Harvest Children's Activities

4th October

Look at the beautiful wreath the children made to celebrate the Harvest. Fresh flowers, leaves fruit and nuts galore!

Wreath from Childrens Activity Harvest 2015

Harvest Family Praise

Sunday 4th October 9.30am

Harvest picture from alnwickanglican.com

Do come along to celebrate Harvest time with us.

 There will be an auction of produce after the service to raise funds to build a well for the school built in Mara, as part of the Wakefield Dicocese link project.

If you wish to donate anything for the auction, bring it along to the service on Sunday 

The Teddy Bear's Picnic

Held in the Rectory garden on 21st July, it was a huge success - we had new families, our 'graduates' - Buggy Praise children now at school... and even a 6 foot teddy bear called Jeff!

The children helped with the story - Noah and the ark, very appropriate for a dull start to the day. But the rain held off, the sun came out and so fun was had by all on the water slide and in the paddling pool

Buggy Praise picnic 21/7/15

Huge thanks to all the helpers and parents who have been involved this year - we run Buggy Praise and Children's Activities broadly in line with the school year so we are now on our Summer break. 

See you in September!


Buggy Praise in the Park on 16th June 

was a great success. Ten children plus their parents and carers came for songs, praise and games. We were fortunate to have lovely weather and even managed an ice cream!

Buggy Praise 16th June 2015      Buggy Praise 16th June 2015

Jesus day off!

 Our activity morning today  (June 6th 2015)was based around the theme of Holidays and the story by Nicholas Allan.
Lots of fun and the launch of our St Michael boat. holiday ice cream was enjoyed by all.

Thornhill Parish Church & whitley lower's photo.

Pictures on Facebook here

Buggy Praise Easter Picnic

A fun time was had by all at the picnic on Tuesday 7th April. The children made a beautiful Easter garden with Helen's help then took part in telling the Story of Easter.

Buggy Praise Easter picnic 2015

Buggy Praise Has A Surprise Visitor

Bishop Jonathan

A big surprise for us all as Bishop Jonathan called into Buggy Praise today (17/3/15). He joined in an encore of our hometime song with the children then had a look around our beautiful church.



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Easter rabbit

Come with an Easter bonnet or dressed as an Easter character and bring a packed lunch to eat after the Story and songs!




Followed by short service if you wish to stay and

Walk of Witness to the cross in Thornhill

Families archive



Children's Activity Morning at 10am
on Saturday

10th January

7th February

7th March

and Good Friday 3rd April -

held at the Methodist Church in Thornhill

Buggy Praise at 1.30pm on Tuesday

6th January

20th January

3rd February

17th February

3rd March

17th March


the Easter Picnic at 11am on 7th April

Mothering Sunday Family Service

Sunday 15th March 9.30am

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2014 christingle services

Christingle orange

Do join us for our Christingle Services

Thornhill Church  - Sunday 14th December 2014 at 4pm

Whitley Church  - Wednesday 24th December 2014   at 4pm

Stable in Bethlehem

Come along and join us for

Children's Activity on Saturday 6th December at 10am

A morning of crafts, songs and games

Family Praise Service on Sunday 7th December at 9.30am


 Buggy Praise Nativity Picnic on Tuesday 16th December at 11am

Come along with your lunch to hear the Story of Christmas with lots of songs. Children can dress up as someone from the Nativity - Mary or Joseph, shepherds, kings, angels... even stars or other Christmas characters are all welcome!


Advent sunday -

 30th november 2014

During our Parish Communion, we will mark the start of Advent by sending out The Posada into the community.

The box contains Mary, Joseph and the donkey and they set out around Thornhill and Whitley, staying in a different place each night. The day after, the box is sent on to the next stop. 

posada figures

We have been running our Posada for more than five years and all the people who take part still love it when the beautiful knitted figures stay to play with the family.

We also have a book accompanying the box in which everyone is welcome to write, draw or place photos of the overnight stay. In January we display the book so everyone can see what our local families and schools did to remember this special time of reflection and preparation for Christmas.

Do come along to the service to be part of the start of a wonderful journey.