Children's activities at St. Mark

Here at St. Mark's church we have a number of activities and services for children and young people, and their families.

​Parent & Toddler Group

St Mark’s Parent & Toddler Group is run by volunteers from the church and is a place where we hope babies and pre-school children and their carers will have lots of fun and make new friends.

We meet in St Mark’s Church Hall on Monday mornings (term time only) from 10.00am to 11.15am.  We offer a range of activities for the children each week, usually including a ‘messy activity’ which is often a themed craft activity.  There is a large cooker in the hall kitchen which allows us to lay on the occasional baking activity – making pizzas is one of the children’s favourites!  We sit down together for 5-10 minutes at the end of the session for song-time and to celebrate any birthdays.                                                        

Sometimes we arrange special activities like a visit from the Fire Brigade.  The children were very excited when they were allowed to climb inside the big red fire engine and find out all about the hoses and other safety equipment.  We made fireman’s helmets during our craft activity that day and had a range of suitable dressing up clothes for the children to wear.

We are fortunate to have access to the church garden when the weather is fine.  This enables the children to explore their environment and play with our outdoor toys and equipment, including our large covered sandpit, which they really enjoy.  We have also been known to grow sunflowers and other plants in our own little patch of the garden.

Once a month we invite some of the older children across to the church for ‘Little Angels’ where they will hear a short bible story, sing some songs and make something to take home.  On certain special occasions (such as Mother’s Day, Easter and Harvest) we all go across to the church for a short worship session which includes our usual songs and some simple prayers. This gives everyone an opportunity to experience a little of what happens in church on a Sunday and we hope that it makes them feel like they are part of the church family.

We charge £1.50 for each session (plus 50p if there is more than one child) - this includes a drink and a snack for the children and their carers.

You are welcome to come along and join us and we would really love to see you.  We hope you appreciate the opportunity to spend time with one another and to meet new people.  Our plans for the coming months can be found in the latest copy of our newsletter.

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Young People's Church

On Sunday mornings, for part of the 10am service, our children and young people continue their worship in Young People's Church.  This happens on the first, fourth (where applicable*) and fifth Sundays of the month.  We meet in two age groups - 5 to 11 years old and 12 to 17 years old.  On the first Sundays of the month, the young people go to their 'Chill Out' room downstairs for a time of learning from the Bible and, in this safe environment, expressing their beliefs and chatting about issues that relate to their lives.  This gives the younger children a chance to have full use of the hall for their games, Bible stories, prayers, talking and learning together.  For both groups, the most important aspects of our time together are having fun and enjoying fellowship.  We, as leaders, can learn so much from our young people.

On the fourth (where applicable*) and fifth Sundays of the month, both age groups meet in the church hall for their time of sharing and learning.

On the second Sundays of the month, our children and their families come to Café Church (see Services at St. Mark).  The children seem to enjoy its informal structure and will often volunteer to help with the serving of food, saying of prayers, being part of our music group and/or doing a Bible reading.  This is very much encouraged and it is good that they want to use their talents to enhance the worship.

On the third Sundays of the month, there is an more informal and less structured All-Age Worship with Communion service.  The children stay in the church for this and the service is accessible for all ages.  The first part of the service is led by members of the congregation, and some of our young people take part from time-to-time in leading the worship.  There is usually a creative activity that everyone who wants to can do during the service.

*  On the fourth Sundays of the month, there is a joint Eucharist at one of our three churches.  When this is at St. Mark, children from all the churches are invited to join in our Young People's Church.

For more details, please contact our team rector, Revd Canon Jane Butler, on 01604 717133.

Faith & Fun Youth Group

For details of our team's youth group, Faith & Fun, for 10 to 17 year olds, please see What's On - Children and Youth.

On the third day,
his parents found the boy Jesus in the Temple,
sitting with the Jewish teachers,
listening to them and asking questions.
Luke 2:46 (Good News Bible)