Discover the riches inside
TWO village churches are taking part in a UK-wide scheme aimed at attracting younger visitors.
Elizabeth Harker has worked with representatives from the Arts Society to create 'Trails of Discovery' at Edinkillie and Dyke Churches, treasure hunts as a fun way of finding out more about the art, architecture and furnishings inside.
She said: "You can go into your church every week and not really notice the art and history that surrounds you: the trails help you look at things with fresh eyes.
"Both Dyke and Edinkillie are packed with interesting things and it’s hoped that the trails will also prove to be a useful source of local exploration for nearby primary schools."
She added: "Everyone who takes part gets a question sheet that guides around the churches for items that help answer a series of questions.
"For children taking part with their family, there is an answer sheet for the adults, with a lot more information."
Local children attended Edinkillie Church to try out its trail prior to the annual Messy Church picnic.
Some enjoyed competing against their parents to try and find the answers first, whilst for others it was simply an opportunity to explore the church together.
Everyone finished by turning their answer sheets into aeroplanes and launching them off the balcony!
Edinkillie usually holds Messy Church straight after school in the Logie Steading Long Room, starting with a snack before introducing the theme for the session, followed by crafts and celebration.
Dyke is launching its trail at Messy Church after school on Monday, September 16.
School visits are being arranged. E-mail email@example.com or call 01309 641257 for more information.