Little Fishes

Welcome to St Ninian’s ‘Little Fishes’ .

Proposed dates 2017-18, all on Tuesday (subject to change or cancellation – please check with Roz – 01556 503589)

July: holidays
August 22
September 12 & 26
October 10
No meeting on October 24
November 14 & 28
December 12
Sunday December 24 – Christingle in Church, 4.00pm (date and time to be confirmed)
Christmas Holidays
January 9 & 23
No meeting on February 13
February 27
March 13 & 27
No meeting on April 10
April 24
May 8 & 22
June 12
June 26 – Beach trip
July: holidays

We aim to provide a happy and safe place where you and your child can enjoy a variety of activities.

We normally meet twice each month on Tuesdays during school term time. The session lasts approximately two hours: 9.30am – 11.30am

  • Story time – please share books and jigsaws in the foyer
  • Action songs and rhymes – a structured session in the hall
  • Refreshments – in the foyer
  • Free play, colouring and craft activities – in the hall

Every one helping at Little Fishes is a volunteer. The church has provided the hall and the Mothers’ Union very kindly prepare the refreshments.

All monies contributed are used to cover the cost of toys, craft materials and refreshments. You are probably aware how costly this can be, so can we recommend a minimum donation of £1.50 (50p for additional children).

In order to ensure that every one has a good time at Little Fishes we aim to keep the number of children on the roll below twenty five. We ask that you complete and return a form to help us keep you informed should there be any changes. All the volunteers have enhanced police checks from Disclosure Scotland. As the parent or carer you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children you bring.

We hope that you have fun.

If you would like to bring your children to Little Fishes, please contact Roz Stevens on 01556 503589.


Roz writes,

The idea for Little Fishes came about in 2006 when we moved back to Castle Douglas. When living down south away from family I was fortunate to have made very strong links with a number of people through church-run Mother and Toddler Groups. I found the groups a real ‘lifeline’. They were a place to meet other people and discuss any anxieties about parenting, sharing practical tips and allowing the children time to interact and have fun with others.

Little Fishes is also a way for me to give something back to others, as I know how lonely it can be when you first give up work and are faced with the challenge of parenthood! Through discussion with both the Rector and his wife, Alison, Little Fishes was brought to fruition, an excellent opportunity for me, the church and the community. We are aiming to provide a happy and safe place where pre-school children, toddlers, babies and their carers can enjoy a variety of activities.

We originally met on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month – now Tuesdays. The sessions last approximately two hours, 9.30am – 11.30am and include:

  • Story time
  • Action songs and rhymes
  • Refreshments
  • Colouring and craft activities
  • Playing with toys

Every one helping at Little Fishes is a volunteer. The Mothers’ Union is doing an excellent job, making the refreshments and chatting to people, ensuring that every one feels really welcome. All monies contributed are used to cover the cost of materials and refreshments. We have bought and made some musical instruments, which we have also used with Sunday School.

We hope that some of the children and their families will join us at services like the Christingle Service. We are certain that having received a warm welcome in the Hall there will be an equally warm welcome within the Church.

A typical gathering of Little Fishes

Little Fishes held a Gruffalo Party on Red Nose Day, 18 March 2011

The Gruffalo Party