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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 coise and there are toys at the back of church if a distraction is needed.
Bumps to Babes Hannah Bruce
Thursdays days during term-time, 11.30–12.45pm, 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 Hannah Bruce
Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30–11.30am, 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 Dani Redhead
Fridays during term-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
Normally every Third Tuesday of the Month, 3.30-5.30pm, St Mark’s Church. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH, MESSY CHUCRH WILL MEET ON THE FOURTH TUESDAY OF THE MONTH (22nd January, 26th February, 26th March). 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 reviewing our provision for older children and youth. Please watch this space and let us know if you have any ideas!