Festive family fun at Sprowston Christmas cafe

Parents and their children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and getting creative with crafts on Saturday as part of a bid to spend more quality time together.

Families were invited to Sprowston methodist church in Cozens Hardy Road to spend time with each other and get into the festive spirit.

The event, which hosted more than 100 children, was organised by volunteers from the church including Chris and Tina Callaghan.

Mrs Callaghan said: 'The church should be about the community and it's important to have family time.

'The children had a great day taking part in colouring competitions and all the crafts on offer. Some of them even had a go at bell ringing.'

Mr Callaghan, who is the families worker for the church, added: 'It's nice to see all ages of the church come together.

'We had children from out fortnightly club, KoolKidz.

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'We did the event last year and about 60 children came because of the snow, this year we had 102 children.

'Everyone helped out and we had about 30 volunteers from the church.'

The Christmas cafe also provided a range of homemade sweet treats to children and their parents.

Tracy Lee, who lives in Mountbatten Drive, Sprowston, attended with her sons Jake, six, and Lucas Mitchell, three.

Ms Lee said: 'We came to the event last year and we really enjoyed it. It's a really nice environment and it's nice to be together as a family and that you don't have to drop your children off.

'The boys were very excited to see Santa.'

Every child who attended was given a gift from Father Christmas.

Claire Easter, from Lone Barn Road, Sprowston, brought her three-year-old son, Owen Gifford, to take part in the activities on offer.

Ms Easter said: 'This is one of the best run events. It's organised by the church and they never ask for any money although I always make a donation.

'Owen made a flower arrangement for his nanny, decorated a gingerbread man and made a cracker and a bracelet.

'It's nice that we can spent time together and work on the crafts together. There's so much choice and the people are always friendly.'

*The church will also be holding an event aimed at children on Christmas Eve. Carols around the crib will be held at 3.30pm at the methodist church. Everyone is welcome.

*Do you have a Sprowston community story for the Evening News? Contact local reporter Lucy Wright on 01603 772495 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk