The ‘Church Mice’ and ‘Ignite’ youngsters (ages 3 to 11) at St John the Baptist and All Saints, Easingwold, along with children baptised in the last three years and some of their grownups, were sure of a big surprise when they brought along furry friends young and old for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the church rooms at the end of August.

“There was no need to go in disguise but there were lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play, with many toys, trikes to ride and a lawnmower to push”, said Michael Wansborough of St John the Baptist and All Saints.

Bears and humans alike enjoyed the parable of the lost sheep, acted out with a surprising menagerie of soft toys, and had an exciting ‘pass the parcel’ game, before tucking into the picnic.

There was also a competition, with prizes, for the ‘best-dressed’ and the ‘oldest’ (85) teddy bear.

Michael added, “We’re grateful to Deacon Charlotte Cranfield for arranging and leading a very enjoyable event, with help from other church members.”