Parent and Child Events


Baby & Toddler group

All parents, carers and grandparents are warmly welcomed with their little ones. We have a great variety of toys and play equipment for all ages 0-5 and the morning includes a craft activity, refreshments, active play and song time. Our team members are always available on the morning to provide a listening ear or to encourage and to support you in any way we can in your vital but demanding roles nurturing your children.​

We meet every Thursday in term time from 10-11.30am in The Lantern Church. Cost £1 per family. 

There is currently a waiting list for those who live outside of Merley so do please do get in touch of you are interested in coming.

baby clinic

1st & 3rd Thursdays 10-11:30am including during the school holidays!  The Health Visitors meet in one of the back rooms during the baby & toddler group where they will weigh your baby and talk through any concerns you may have.



SATURDADS is a monthly fun morning normally on the first Saturday of every month (except August) from 10am to 11.30am in the Church.

It's a chance for dads and grandads to bring their kids aged up to 7 for a relaxing time of activities for young and old, monthly challenges, discussion and Bible stories or testimonies. Bacon Roll for adults and toast for kids - all for £1 per family. Whether you are a Church member or local dad or grandad, you will be very welcome and we hope to see you there!

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers is a monthly craft activity morning for all the family. From 10am to 11.30am in the Church.

There is a baby and toddler area with toys, usually around 7 craft activities some of which can be very messy!  Coffee & doughnuts and some newspapers are available for members of the family who want a quiet few minutes!

The cost is £2 per child (under 2s are free)

Sticky Fingers runs from September through until February with a break over the summer months. 


Sticky Church

Sticky Church is once a term, Sunday afternoon from 4 - 5:45pm

It includes Tea, a Bible story, activities, craft and more!

we are recruiting

The Lantern Church, Merley | Registered Charity Number: 1137810

Chichester Walk, Merley, Wimborne, BH21 1SN

The Lantern Church is part of the Canford Magna Team Ministry here in the Diocese of Salisbury alongside:

Canford Magna Parish Church & St Barnabas Bearwood