Children and Families

Children, young people and families are welcome at St Mary's. 

Pray and Play Space, with rainbow rugs and childrens toysOur Pray and Play space, within the main church building space, enables parents and carers to engage their younger children in the service and gives some room to move around. For slightly older children and for young people, we often have a small group that meets for part of the service in our separate lounge area with Pam and Simon, our wonderful Children's church leaders. 

All engagement is entirely optional though, we know some children prefer to stay with their grown-ups and that's fine by us. We keep our services to around 1 hour long, are relaxed if you need to move around a bit, and keep materials out for families to use in the Pray and Play space or another seat in church. It is important to us that families are able to find a way of engaging with church that works for them and we'd love to help you do that. 

Around once a month, on key festival days, we have a service that is particularly suited to younger members of our congregation. They are a bit shorter (around 45 minutes), start a little bit later (9.30am for refreshments, 10am for service start) and are very interactive. We call these are All-Age-All-Together services and are next ones will be on:

All-Age and Family Friendly Services Coming up:

Poster for all age services. Text in webpage.

These special services are a little bit shorter than usual Sundays and are designed to engage all ages. Our next All-Age-All-Together service will be on Sunday 5th June - a celebratory mash-up for Pentecost and the Jubilee! Join us at 9.30am for refreshments and 10am for the service start.

Then we have a Parade service for our uniformed groups on Sunday 3rd July - an end of the school year celebration where all are welcome.

Finally, don't forget to check out our Life Events page on baptism; we would love to welcome you and your children into the family of our God of love.