DEATHWATCH beetles were munching away at the roof timbers of St
Oswald's, Finningley, in Sheffield diocese, when
the children of the Sunday Club decided to help raise the money to
deal with them. "We have an amazing group of young people in our
congregation, and they are always keen to get involved or help
out," the Rector of Finningley with Auckley, the Revd Neil
So 14 young people between the ages of six and 13 (plus seven
dedicated leaders) joined in a sponsored sleepover in the church.
Arriving at 7.30 p.m., they claimed their sleeping spot for the
evening, and then took part in a riotous treasure hunt that kept
them busy for well over an hour before they settled down for some
Then to bed, although it was 12.30 a.m. before there was "a
chorus of snores echoing round the dark church building - more from
the adults than the children", Hannah Redeyoff says. She was
thankful that her husband did not carry out his threat to don his
surplice and waft past the windows in the dark.
The children must have been tired out by the treasure hunt, she
says, because they were hard to wake up in the morning, to be given
breakfast before going home; but together they had raised more than
£1000 towards the £2700 needed to investigate those beetles.