Church hosts bright alternative to a ‘dark, scary Hallowe’en’

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A SHEFFIELD church is to hold a children’s party as an alternative to “dark, scary Hallowe’en”.

Youngsters are being invited to come in bright and light clothing to a “positive celebration” called Glow in the Dark at All Saints Ecclesall Parish Church in Ringinglow Road on Monday.

It will be run by the church’s Minister of Children, Richard Adams, aged 32, who has returned to All Saints after five years.

He said: “There will be plenty of food and we will have tremendous fun. It is an alternative to the dark, scary Hallowe’en that gets so celebrated and plugged at this time of year.

“We will be doing crafts, singing songs, listening to a short talk and painting banners that symbolise God’s banner of love over us.

“We’d like the children to come along in bright and light coloured clothing to celebrate all that is bright and light about the world, rather than what is scary and dark.

“We would like them to come and glow in the dark!”

Several previous parties have been held at the church, attracting around 80 children on each occasion.

“It’s not about being judgmental,” said the vicar, Canon Simon Bessant.

“We want to affirm the positive rather than the negative. We would rather people celebrate the light rather than the darkness. It’s a lot fun.”

Parent Helen Moyes welcomed the chance for her children to go to a “safe, fun and positive event. The children’s workers at All Saints are great!”

A party for children aged up to six is already fully booked but there are still places for seven to 11-year-olds, from 4.30pm to 6pm, costing £2.50.

Parents and guardians must register their children in advance by collecting a flyer and registration form from the church or the parish hall office.