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Hen and Chicks

What are you like? Would you describe yourself as a hen or a chick?

Hen with her chicks

People thought of Jesus as a teacher, friend and healer. Jesus pictured himself in lots of different ways - as a shepherd, as a door and as bread.

He even pictured himself like a mother hen keeping her chicks safe under her wings.

It's good to know Jesus is looking out for us.

Top 10 Chicken Facts

Chicken There are more chickens than any other kind of bird in the world!

Chickens can fly - but not very far.

They like to sunbathe!

Hens lead chicks to food but they don't feed them.

They like to flock together with their friends and family.

The Romans wrote about looking after chickens.

Hens talk to their chicks before they hatch.

The largest chicken egg weighed a whopping 340g.

Some hens lay green or blue coloured eggs.

Cockerels like to dance!

Chickens have a good memory for faces!

Mothering Sunday and Simnel Cake

What will you do on Mothering Sunday? Every family has their own way of celebrating it.

Did you know that Mothering Sunday was a holiday given to servants so they could make a pilgrimage to their mother church - a large main church or cathedral.

From Victorian times it became more of a family celebration when servants visited their families particularly their mothers.

Simnel cake

Children picked spring flowers and a Simnel cake made with fine flour was given as a gift.

Will you be giving a cake on Mothering Sunday?

Chicken running Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide!


Drumsticks Why did the chicken join the band?

It already had the drumsticks!

Look Out

Hanworth: Youth Club Fridays in term time 4.30pm

East Molesey: Alight 1st and 15th March 4.30pm

Sunbury: Aloud 1st and 15th March 7.00-8.00pm

Hampton: Breakfast Service 3rd March 9.15am

East Molesey: Breakfast Service 3rd March 9.30am

Hampton: All Age Service 10th March 10.30am

Sunbury: SundayKidzClub 10th March 3.30pm

Hampton: Gospel Illusions 16th March 10-12noon

Teddington: Parade Service 24th March 10.30am

Sunbury: All Age and Parade service 31st March 10.30am

Poultry Day

Do you know anyone who keeps chickens or who has a chicken for a pet?

National Poultry Day on 19th March celebrates not just chickens but turkeys and ducks and geese and quails - all bird raised for either eggs or meat.


In the USA poultry days began in the early 1900's as a countryside farming show with competitions and food. Even cooking giant omelettes!

Try out an egg recipe or make a picture of a chicken and give thanks for chickens!

Mother of Methodism

This year the Methodist church celebrates 350 years since the birth of Susanna Wesley.

Susanna Wesley She was mother of John and Charles Wesley who founded the church.

Although Susanna had a large family, she taught all her children at home and made sure she spent an hour with each child every week.

Besides looking after household chores and the children, her daily routine included prayers and time listening and thinking about God.

Her advice to John helped shape the kind of church we know today.

Help the Chick find the Hen

Which path leads the chick back to the hen?

Which path leads the chick back to the hen?

Answers below.

Mini Simnel Cakes

Simnel Cakes have been made since medieval times when it was more like a pudding baked in pastry than a cake. Today it's a light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan in the middle and topped with toasted marzipan. It's traditionally decorated with twelve balls representing the disciples - or maybe eleven disciples (excluding Judas) and Jesus.

What you need

What you need for Mini Simnel Cakes
  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • patty pan and cake cases
  • tea spoon
  • rolling pin
  • knife

1 Ingredients

Ingredients for Mini Simnel Cakes
  • 60g mixed fruit
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100g self raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • 5 teaspoons milk
  • 20g chopped glace cherries (optional)
  • grated zest of ½ orange
  • 90g marzipan
  • a little jam


Mini Simnel Cakes step 2

Mix together the sugar and margarine, beating with the wooden spoon.

Beat in the egg and milk.

Tip: add a little flour as the egg is added.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 3

Mix the flour and spice.

Sieve into the mixture together with the dried fruit and orange peel. Stir gently until everything is mixed together.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 4

Roll some of the marzipan into 12 small marble sized balls.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 5

Half fill each case before adding a marzipan ball.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 6

Cover with another spoonful of mixture

Cook for 15-20 minutes at 180°C until golden and spongey.

Tip: Ask an adult for help with the oven.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 7

Roll a small thin circle of marzipan for each cake.

When cake is cool, add a dab of jam and cover each cake with a circle.

Roll 12 pea sized marzipan balls or one single larger ball to decorate the top.

Toast under a hot grill.


Mini Simnel Cakes step 8

Happy Mothering Sunday!

Help the Chick find the Hen

Path c leads the chick back to the mother hen.

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