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The Red Balloon Foundation are currently working alongside Hutton & Shenfield Union Church to deliver a variety of children's, youth and families' ministry projects.

If you are interested in RBF working with your church or organisation to develop similar programmes, please contact

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RBF are working with the team from Hutton & Shenfield Union Church to run "Encounter" services for families.

On arrival, families will be directed to their own table where they can enjoy an hour of art and craft activities, brunch, music and storytelling all to be enjoyed in a fully COVID secure setting; a chance to do something fun together on Sunday mornings and encounter some amazing characters from the Bible along the way!

Encounter is entirely free but due to COVID19 restrictions we are limited on the number of people who can attend so places must be pre-booked. 

For our services in March and April, we are delighted to be able to offer 'hybrid' sessions meaning families can either join us on the day in person from 11-12noon or they can join us virtually on Zoom from 11:30-12noon. If you choose to join virtually, a 'goody box' filled with all of the activities will be delivered to your home in advance. The in person service will be fully COVID19 secure with each family group seated at a table in their own 'bubble'.

Encounter is happening from 11-12noon on...

4th April 2022

11th April 2022

To apply for your family for any session, click here

If you have any questions or concerns, just drop us an email -

Magnificent mondays

School Holiday 2022 PLAYSCHEMES


£14 per full day

14th February 2022

Hutton & Shenfield Union Church

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RBF are working with the team from Hutton & Shenfield Union Church to run "Magnificent Mondays" for primary age children on each Monday of each school holiday throughout the year, except where these Mondays fall on a Public Holiday (e.g., May Half Term).

This full day experience will see children aged from 5 to 11 take part in a wide variety of activities including drama, construction, art and craft, sports, challenges and games all themed around adventures from the Bible. Please note that due to OFSTED restrictions we cannot take children under the age of 5 at this activity.

Thanks to the generous support of the church, we are able to offer a 50% discount on places for families who in receipt of childcare tax credits, out of work benefits or are allocated the pupil premium at school. In addition, where multiple siblings are attending, after the first sibling pays full price all subsequent children can access a half price place.

£12 of the session cost is a fixed fee and the additional £2 is an optional donation to the wider work of the Foundation, and, if you are a UK taxpayer, we can also reclaim an additional 25p from the government at no cost to yourself through the Gift Aid scheme. If you would prefer to not make the donation, please note this on your application form and the appropriate deduction will be made from your invoice. Please note that due to this activity not falling under our OFSTED registrations as it is an 'Exempt Activity' due to the faith based nature of the content that we are unable to accept Childcare Vouchers as payment for this particular playscheme.

To register your child, click here to apply for a place

Any issues, just drop us an email - 


Swipe/click to the left and right on the box below to find out more information about the activity

What is a playscheme?

For RBF, our playschemes (aka Holiday Clubs) are designed to be opportunities for children to creatively explore new ideas, meet new friends and learn new skills all based on Bible stories. Each three hour session generally follows a similar structure so children feel safe and know what to expect, but within that we include a great deal of variety to ensure they are constantly stimulated and if there's an activity happening that isn't their favourite, they don't need to worry because another opportunity will be along shortly!

A typical three hours would be structured as follows:

9-9:40- Free Choosing 'Arrival Activities' (lunchtime for PM sessions)

9:40-10:15 - Gathered Time for Stories, Songs and Challenges

10:15-10:30 - Snack Break (provided)

10:30-11:30 - Rotations (children generally complete three/four activities in small groups which might include games/sports, teamwork challenges, drama, story reflection time, art & craft, cookery and more...)

11:30-12 - Gathered Time for Plenary and Challenges

Where numbers allow, we often differentiate our rotation activities for older children in Years 5/6 offering a special programme or certain activities just for them and, weather permitting, will often take groups off site for treasure hunts, trips to local parks for outdoor games, etc.