Not sure whether a Licensing is supposed to be fun packed but this one surely was as the Parish of Norton St James welcomed Mark Badger as Curate in Charge on Sunday 12 March.

Bishop Graham talks to the childrenOver 50 children and their families joined the regular congregation in craft activities based around the story of Noah and the flood. The activities culminated in Bishop Graham gamely sitting in an ark specially made for him and telling the flood story. Using a dove of his own creation, Bishop Graham captivated the children who placed their animal creations in and around him in the ark. There was even a call for a Badger to be added to the menagerie, however, the ark was too small for said Badger and the Bishop!

Bishop Graham in the Ark!Worship was led by the brilliant iSingPop team who had old and young alike on their feet singing and dancing – great moves Bishop Graham! Even the prayers had a touch of humour with Jack Bradley a pupil at Norton Juxta Kempsey Primary School giving thanks for all the silly things Rev Mark does in school.

Mark said: "We are so grateful to Bishop Graham for agreeing to conduct the licensing within one of our new Messy Church sessions as we wanted to show how important young people and their families are within the life and ministry of our parishes. We are not sure if this has ever been done before, but judging by the wonderful response and incredibly positive feedback, it’s certainly an option for the future!"