In a Diocesan first, the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, Diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, who retires on 31st October 2012, presented Bispham All Hallows with the 100th Child Friendly Church award in Blackburn Diocese during Bishop Nicholas’s Valedictory service at Blackburn Cathedral.

Bishop Nicholas described the stringent requirements which must be met for a church to receive the award, and highlighted that although the awards began in Liverpool Diocese, Blackburn was the first Diocese to have 100 churches meet the standard!

29 Members of All Hallows, including 3 Clergy, 3 Readers (+1 in training), 3 Pastoral Assistants, and most importantly 3 families with their 6 children – who received the award on behalf of the church.

Members of All Hallows watch the presentation of the 100th Child Friendly Church Award.

Bishop Nicholas presents the certificate for the 100th Child Friendly Church Award

On the bus after receiving the 100th Child Friendly Church Award