We love welcoming children and young people to our church
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. Although there is also a children's area at the back of the church with books and toys.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
Don’t worry if they make a noise, we’d rather have a noisy church than a silent one!
ALL AGE SERVICE
We welcome children to all our services, but if you were to pick one, then our All-Age Parish Mass on the first Sunday of the month at 10 am might be the best to come to. The service is simplified, with shorter readings and a short talk that is more interactive.
On the third Sunday of each month at 10 am we have our Alive Group in the Church Hall. This is a time of stories, games and crafts for little ones aged from around 2-7 (but this is flexible). It lasts for the duration of the service, so feel free to stay with them or head into the church for the service instead.
It is run by Laura Smith who has a background in child development and teaching and is a trained Godly Play storyteller. To find out more, contact Laura or visit the Alive Facebook page.
Our Messy Church runs every other month in the Church Hall. It is always on a Friday from 3:15 - 5:30 pm, although families don’t have to stay for the whole time. For the details about the next Messy Church, have at look at our Coming Soon page.
Rise is a new group at St Michael’s Church for children and teenagers from Year 6 upwards. The group is about faith, friendship and fun. Our first meeting will be on Saturday 13 October, from 6.30 – 8 pm at St Michael’s Church Hall and will involve pizza, games and getting to know each other.
It is hoped that the youngsters will welcome the opportunity to meet up with other young Christians from across the Diocese at the annual May Camp and then to investigate a week long camp in Norfolk at the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage in August.
Meetings will take place every other month on a Saturday night and will involve food! We are asking for a small contribution of £1 per person to help cover the cost. To find out more, please contact Fr Felix by email, telephone 01903 753653 or turn up on the night.