Children & Young People
Our Vision – to nurture our children and young people with a sense of God.
Children are an important part of our church community and are welcome to remain in church with their parents during any of the services or, during the 9.30am Sunday service, play in the crèche or join in with Junior Church activities.
Climbers in the Crèche - for 0 to 3 year olds in the vestry.
Parents may take their babies or small children to the crèche at any point during the service. The crèche is in the vestry, located in the south-east corner of the church, with access via the door at the east end of the south aisle.
This takes place during the first part of the 9.30am Sunday service (except on the third Sunday when children and young people join in the whole service). It comprises an informal act of worship for all the children in the Church Hall followed by Sunday School activities for different age groups.
Scramblers - for 3 to 5½ year olds in the Windsor Room.
The session includes a Bible story or song and the opportunity to make something related to the theme of the session. Parents collect their child and return to church for Communion.
Explorers – for 5½ to 8 year olds in the Church Hall.
The session usually includes an activity based around a Bible story. The children are brought back to church in time for Communion.
Adventurers – for 8 to 11 year olds in Church Hall.
The session follows a Bible-based theme and will typically involve an activity, such as a drama activity or an exercise. The children are brought back to church in time for the Eucharistic Prayer as preparation for receiving Communion (if they have chosen to be admitted to taking Communion before Confirmation).
SMG Youth Group – for young people in Year 7 and above (11 years plus) in the Church Hall.
Finding the way together – for young people open to worship, curious about Christianity, wondering about life and looking for friends. The group returns to the church in time for the Eucharistic Prayer as preparation for receiving Communion.
For more information please get in touch with Julie by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's Families
St Mary's Families brings together parents and children at St Mary's. Email bulletins include information on children's events, parents' meet ups and ways to get involved at church. This friendly network also shares information, recommendations and advice. To be part of St Mary's Families please email email@example.com.
During the pandemic, Sunday School went virtual - with zoom-based weekly discussions, activities and prayers for families to us at home, and a series of videos that were shared with our community. You can find these resources below.