St Mark’s is a great place for children and their parents/carers, who are welcome as part of our community of all ages. Some groups meet regularly but we also organise special events, services and activities at other times throughout the year e.g. Christmas and Easter.
Most of our groups for children meet during the 10am Sunday service. They leave church with the leaders after the first part of the service and everyone comes back together again in time for Communion.
Everyone is invited to share in Communion at St Mark’s, so many of our children and young people share in the bread and wine too (non alcoholic wine is available) . This is an individual decision for parents/carers to make on behalf of and together with their child. In January each year time is set aside during Godly Play sessions to reflect on Communion and preparation courses are also available for both children and adults. Please contact us for more details.
Crèche (0- 3+ yrs)
At the back of church is an area where small children can play under parental supervision whilst the service is going on. There are books and toys available – please help yourself!
The Crèche meets in the lounge during the 10am service and has many more toys and space for children to run about. As we have a growing number of toddlers at St Mark’s there are often craft activities available too. Parents/ carers can choose to leave their children there and rejoin the service, or stay with them. The Crèche is particularly useful during the quieter parts of the Service, especially the sermon and the prayers.
Godly Play (3-11 yrs)
During term time we invite children aged between 3 and 11 to go upstairs for ‘Godly Play’. Godly Play has been created to give children their own sacred space, a time for them to encounter stories from the Bible and church life, awakening their imagination and engaging their own spirituality. The stories are very simple and visual and often followed by an opportunity to respond freely using art and craft materials. Every week is slightly different so you’ll have to come along and see!
To find out more visit the Godly Play website www.godlyplay.org.uk or contact us.
A small group of young people meets occasionally in the snug area of the lounge for discussion and activities during the 10am service. For more details please contact us.