Children and families

Children and families are a vital part of our church life. Whatever your age, you’ll find something for you. We’ve got a variety of activities that we hope cultivate a sense of play, wonder, and community for you and your children. It is our desire to nurture the spirituality of every child, from babies to adolescents, so they might be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives as they grow. We’d be delighted to see you at any of our activities, and if you have any questions do get in touch by emailing childrenandfamilies@stmarksnewnham.org

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Junior church (Sundays)
During the 10:00am service, for the first three Sundays of the month. Under 7 – songs, games, craft and prayers
7 –11 – Godly play
11+ – Bible reading with activities and discussion
Very young children and their carers are welcome to go out to Junior Church or to stay in church.  We don’t mind if there is a bit of noise and there are toys at the back of church if a distraction is needed.

Bumps to Babes
11:30 – 12:45pm
on Thursdays, St Mark’s Community Centre, Large Hall.
For pregnant and new mums, a quiet space for sharing experience, gentle exercise, and advice – with coffee and cake! You would also be most welcome to bring your lunch! Safe soft space for babies to crawl and explore; books and quiet play for older siblings. No charge.

Toddles
9:30 – 11:30am on Mondays and Thursdays, St Mark’s Community Centre, Large Hall.
A wonderful way of getting to know other families in the area, in a safe, relaxed environment with a wide range of play equipment. Children, their parents and carers are welcome to come and play, as well as enjoying music time, plus real coffee and biscuits. Suggested donation: £2

Friday Story Time 
9:30 – 10:30am, St Mark’s Community Centre, Small Hall.
A godly-play-inspired session. After a Bible story, imaginatively told, parents and children are then invited to respond using craft materials. We then come together for conversation over a fruit snack. The group aims to support and nourish parents and children on a spiritual journey, undertaken in community with others

Messy Church                      
3:30 – 5:30pm on the third Tuesday of the Month, St Mark’s Church. 
It’s church, but not as you’ve ever seen it before! This year we’ve made a host of angels poster, fashioned clay tea light holders, made empty tomb Easter biscuits sculptures, used a lot of glue and glitter and had a great deal of fun. We have craft, stories, songs and activities, before a shared hot meal in the Community Centre. No charge, but donations are welcome.

Older Children and Youth We are currently setting up a new youth group from both St. Mark’s Church and Trumpington Church! We aim to be a place where you can ask questions, talk about faith and other big questions, and do a lot of fun things along the way. We’ve already had a Pancake Evening and an outing to Clip ‘n Climb, and are planning to have two more events this term. We are open to anyone youth-age, our current group of young people is around 9 to 13 years old, but if you fall outside this range and would like to come, be most welcome! Email (Gertine Blom) for more information: childrenandfamilies@stmarks.org

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