A Church Trail is a question sheet that guides children around a church and encourages them to engage with the architecture, history and furnishings.  The Arts Society members voluntarily give their time to research and write the questions and corresponding answer sheets.  The aim is to encourage 8-12 year olds and their families to learn about the building and inspire them to visit and enjoy other churches.  

Church trails are researched, written and designed in a child friendly format.  They are produced on two-sided A4, in black and white to keep the cost of reproduction to a minimum.  Once a trail has been tested, The Arts Society volunteers provide a CD and hard copy of the questions and answers to the church.  The local Arts Society bears the small cost of making the trail and setting it up in the church.  The church then funds the maintenance of supplies of the trail.  

The latest church trail to be created is for St. Michael and all Angels Church, Sunninghill.  The trail was prepared jointly by members of The Arts Society Englemere and The Arts Society Ascot, all of whom put in a huge amount of work preparing the illustrated question sheets for the children to answer and, equally important, the answer sheets for the adults.  

This trail was inaugurated on 22nd May 2018 by some 30 children from year 5 at St Michael’s Primary School.  The children were divided into small groups and, assisted by teachers and members of the two societies, they set out eagerly to find the answers to questions about many of the church features, such as: details to be found in the church windows, the number of organ pipes, and the name of the Royal Navy ship sponsored by the church in World War II.  After about 1½ hours, the children were given much needed refreshment and then sat in the church to be given the answers. They left with a certificate for their school and stickers for all those who had taken part. All felt they had learned something new about the church and, more importantly, had really enjoyed themselves.