I was given a challenge by my vicar earlier this year and it was to lead the church parade service. The theme was up to me and I could do what was necessary to involve the girls and their parents. What a challenge. I used my regular Sunday service sheet as an advice sheet to follow. Then changed it; ditched the holy communion, too many prayers, collect and over the top too many hymns. Added the girls to write their own prayers, the girls to have picked the theme (after giving them several choices) and picked hymns and songs that were appropriate for a mixed audience, i.e. songs that the girls may sing in school assembly and the occasional traditional hymn. So, I have done it. So far I have done the Thinking Day service, Mothers Day service and am currently planning the Harvest Festival for September. The Family service was a knockout and the church was packed. A cheer and clap for the child who admitted she was scared while standing at the mike. Loads of smiles and lots of good comments by the congregation afterwards. If anyone would like a copy of the powerpoint for the services please let me know. I know they are not perfect but what service is when involving children? More to the point, the girls themselves had fun and time was spent with them during their last meeting to explain what the service was going to be about.