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.     


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.

Parent and Toddlers

The Parent and Toddler group has relaunched on Monday mornings.   Please follow this LINK for details of their current programme.


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)