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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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 giant Goliath, we stayed in the belly of a big fish, decorated gingerbread men, constructed huge houses using cocktail sticks. There was a lot of glue and paint and food and we had a great deal of fun. 

3.30pm: free play, tea & biscuits

4pm: Bible story, songs, crafts and activities

5pm: shared hot meal in the community centre.

No charge, but donations are welcome.

This term:

  • 17 September
  • 15 October
  • 19 November
  • 17 December

Friday Story Time

10.00 – 11:30am, St Mark’s Community Centre, Small Hall.

A godly-play-inspired session. We start with free play, followed by a Bible story, told with objects and imagination. Parents and children are then invited to respond using craft materials. We end with a feast and conversation. The group aims to support and nourish parents and children on a spiritual journey. £4 per family.

This term:

  • 13 – 20 – 27 September
  • 4 – 11 – 18 October
  • 1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29 November
  • 6 – 13 December

Junior Church

Sundays during the 10:00am service, for the first three Sundays of the month. 

Children under 7: songs, Bible story, craft and prayers

Children 7 –11: a Godly play session (Bible story told with objects and imagination) with creative response time.

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.

This term:

  • 8 and 15 September + an extra session on the fifth Sunday: 29 September
  • 13 and 20 October (6 October is Harvest Sunday with All Age Communion)
  • 3, 10, and 17 November
  • 1, 8, and 15 December

All Age Communion

Every fourth Sunday of the month.

With children participating in readings and prayers, and an interactive sermon.

This term: 22 September, 27 October, 24 November, 22 December

Extra: 6 October Harvest Sunday

Toddles

9:30 – 11:30am on Mondays and Thursdays in term time, 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. Led by Hannah Bruce. Suggested donation: £2.

Bumps to Babes

11:30 – 12:45pm on Thursdays in term time, St Mark’s Community Centre, Small 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. Led by Hannah Bruce. No charge.

Do you have questions or would you like to talk? Please contact our children and families’ minister, Gertine Blom: childrenandfamilies@stmarksnewnham.org

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