St Mary’s Church warmly welcome your children to Children’s Church
What is St. Mary’s Children’s Church?
In the simplest terms, Children’s Church does what is says on the tin:
It will be Church, for Children, at St. Mary’s.
We’ll be mostly covering the same scriptures and topics being studied in St. Mary’s Church. We’ll simply be making them most accessible to younger people. We’ll sing together, study the Bible together, pray together and seek to get to know God better, all in contemporary and relevant ways for children aged
4 to 13 plus.
We meet in St. Mary’s Church Centre and Chapel.
When does St. Mary’s Children’s Church meet?
On the first Sunday of every month children and their families are encouraged to attend the All Age Service with Baptisms which is simply a church service suitable for all people from 0 to 80 and above, whatever your knowledge of God or wherever your relationship with Jesus Christ is.
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays we meet for St. Mary’s Children’s Church, with registration from 10.20am, in St. Mary’s Church Centre. This means you’ll have plenty of time ahead of the 10.30am church service in St. Mary’s.
On the 5th Sunday St. Mary’s Church holds a United Parish Communion Service where the congregations from both our 9am and 10.30am services worship together. This service starts at 10am, so registration for St. Mary’s Children’s Church will be from 9.50am.
Children will be brought back to parents each week in time for Blessing/Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church.
Our Heart and Our Vision
Start children off on the way they should go, & even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Our heart is to create an environment of mutual learning where the Holy Spirit is given opportunity to speak and work in the lives of children and adults alike. We can learn much from the children, as Jesus regularly made a point to highlight.
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3 (NIV)
We have a tremendous privilege when we spend time with the children. We can teach them how to mature in their faith; to disciple them. We can also learn from them what faith needs to look like, no matter how old we are.
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14 (NIV)
We’ll have a dedicated time and space for children
We’ll have worship & prayer
We’ll listen to the Holy Spirit
We’ll open and study God’s word together
We’ll grow together and have fellowship together
We’ll study the same scripture as the adults do [as practicable]
We’ll learn to be more like Jesus together
We’ll learn how to show Jesus to everybody we meet
We’ll create a safe place for us all to explore the gifts of the Holy Spirit
…all in ways that are most suitable
to the discipleship of these precious children…
Psalm 8:2 (NIV)
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When you leave your children with us for the first time, we know it can be a little daunting for you both. If you wish to come and see what we do, along with your child, you are more than welcome to accompany them so they can settle as speedily as practicable.
We’ll ask you to fill out a simple registration form on your first visit, and once per year – which we’ll happily help you fill out. This ensures we have all the important information about your child with us in St. Mary’s Children’s Church.
If you’re not sure where to bring your child, simply come to St. Mary’s Church and one of our lovely Welcome Team will show you where Children’s Church happens each week.
We believe that keeping to the ‘best-practice-guidelines’ is a great starting point to ensuring children can worship God in a safe and secure environment.
If you wish to see our Child Protection Policy, please speak to any of the St. Mary’s Children’s Church Team Members or St. Mary’s Church leaders and we’ll be happy to arrange for you to see a copy. Our Safeguarding Representative is Diane Caruana.
All staff are DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and we regularly receive training on Safeguarding matters.
Children with additional needs:
If you have a child with additional needs please speak to us so we can help your child feel settled and comfortable in St. Mary’s Children’s Church.
We wish to make all children feel welcome as they learn to explore their own relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you!
Unsupervised crèche facilities for the under 4s are available at the back of church,
where there is comfortable seating, toys and books available.
The service in church is relayed through to the crèche via a TV monitor and speaker.