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Growing up has its challenges, and having a parent who is a member of clergy is a unique experience that few other children can relate to or understand. Following its success last year, Family Max - an amazing project in the Diocese of Bath and Wells - returned in June 2023 at Mendip Activity Centre.

From tobogganing to archery, the event was an enjoyable, invaluable opportunity for clergy children and their parents to come together and make friends. Family Max welcomed 35 children and adults for a day of sun and fun, up from 19 last year.

The Revd Dan Crouch, who attended with his wife and daughters, said:

"The opportunity to spend time together as a family, having fun away from the demands of ministry, was so valuable. The children loved the time with their parents and others, and want to go again next weekend!"

Family Max follows in the footsteps of Life to the Max, a residential weekend of stargazing, raft building and assault courses for clergy children aged 11-17 (school years 7-13). Life to the Max takes place from 15 - 17 September 2023, and places are still available for clergy children in the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Bristol.

Clergy Support Trust are privileged to majority fund both projects until 2025. We provided £600 of funding to support Family Max 2023, as part of our vital work promoting the health and wellbeing of clergy families.

Children holding bows, preparing to learn about archery!

Family Max 2022

Film produced by Bath and Wells Diocese.