Youth and Children's Groups

Sunday Mornings

We are blessed by God with children at St Mary's and we aim to help them integrate into the church family, grow in their understanding of God and his Word and help them in time find a personal relationship with Jesus. At The Second Service there will always be opportunity for children and young people to be involved in worship at the beginning of the service. They then leave to spend time in peer groups.

The following are the groups available for each age-group; meeting weekly except for the 1st Sunday of the month when we join together for all-age celebration:

Creche (Under 3)

During The Second Service there is a manned creche room and a 'quiet area' at the back of church to allow parents and toddlers to remain in the service. During The First Service the creche room and 'quiet area' are available.

Bubbles (ages 3-6 years)
The aim is to introduce the children to Jesus in a welcoming a secure atmosphere, using stories, colouring and games. The group meets in small room in the Magdalene Centre.

Rapids (ages 6-11 years)
Each week the group looks at a Bible story in a fun way and tries to get to know Jesus better.

The children enjoy games, crafts, singing and other activities.

Inspire (aged 11+, senior school)

This group meets in the Youth Room. We aim to help young people grow in faith and fellowship through fun and relevant Bible study.

Parent and 0-5 Club on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 4.00pm. It meets in the Magdalene Centre and is a good place to meet other parents/carers and give your child the opportunity to play with other children and enjoy the church garden.

Uniformed Organisations

The church has a Rainbows group attached (for girls ages 5-7 years) which meets in the Magdalene Centre on Wednesday early evenings and a Brownie pack (for girls ages 7-10 years) which meet on Fridays (Magdalene Centre).

Children progress to Christchurch Methodist Church for Scouts and Guides.

For details, please contact the Parish Office.