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 with our Children’s Minister, Janette.
Junior church (Sundays) Janette Platter and team
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 use the toys and play area in the Narthex, where the service is relayed.
Bumps to Babes Hannah Bruce
Wednesdays during term-time, 1.45–3.00pm, 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! 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
Messy Church Janette Platter and team
Every Third Tuesday of the Month, 3.30-5.45pm, St Mark’s Church
It’s church, but not as you’ve ever seen it before! This year we’ve blown giant bubbles in the rain, taken our shoes and socks off to walk down a rocky, sandy path right in the middle of the church, made plaster of Paris sand casts of our hands and bashed nails into bits of wood and tin cans. We finish with a song and prayer before a shared hot meal in the Community Centre. No charge, but donations are welcomed.
Sundays, fortnightly, 3.30–5.30pm
A youth group for Newnham, Grantchester and Trumpington. We meet in various venues around the three parishes.