Lighthouse is a holiday week for children run by Christians from local churches in the Great Missenden, Prestwood and surrounding areas of Buckinghamshire.
Since its start in 1988, Lighthouse has spread to other local areas from Marlow to Thame. Lighthouse Central has now been set up with the mission to spread Lighthouse nationwide.
Our aim is to share God's amazing love for us all through His Bible stories. Each day between 10.30 and 15.30 children up to age 12 are invited to the Buryfield in Great Missenden to learn more about God through Drama, Crafts, Singing and Games. More information on how to register your child is on our Parents page
Lighthouse does not to charge children to attend as we firmly believe that no child should miss out for financial reasons. Throughout the year, we hold fundraising events, and donations are collected but there is no compulsion to give.
We rely on volunteers to put on the event each year. If you would like to become a volunteer, there is more information on how to register on our Helpers page.
The organising committee would like to thank everyone who gives their time, talents and money to Lighthouse. We would also like to thank God for providing for all the needs of Lighthouse each and every year.
History of Lighthouse
1987: Lighthouse started in Great Missenden with just 370 children. A group of 6 Christians, from local churches, became convinced that God was calling them to work with children and young people from the area during the school summer holiday. They decided to hold the event in a big marquee on the playing field in the village centre. A mainstage was built at one end of the marquee and two people volunteered to act as presenters for the week.
1989: The number of children wanting to attend Lighthouse had risen so much that it was necessary to divide the children up into age groups. There was also a demand for sessions for under 5s, so a separate programme was worked out for them on a half-day basis. A bigger marquee was needed and the village hall next to the field was hired to provide extra space.
1999: There were now over 1999 children attending Lighthouse in eleven marquees plus the village hall and the local Baptist Church hall. Lighthouse was running out of space. After praying about how to cope with the wonderful 'problem' of ever increasing numbers of children wanting to attend Lighthouse, the committee sought other locations nearby, that might be willing to run another Lighthouse event in the same week.
2000: A group of people responded and Lighthouse Hazlemere was born, with around 650 children in attendance. Lighthouse Hazlemere has taken a firm root and in 2003 had over 900 children.
2002: More Lighthouse events were now being created, one in Burnham and one in Princes Risborough meaning that 3000 children were attending Lighthouses across the area.
Since then, Lighthouse has gone on to plant in other areas across the South East and beyond! A local organisation, Lighthouse Central has been set up to help plant more Lighthouses over the coming years.