Children & Young People
ONLINE SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
Like many other churches, our buildings are currently closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. However, our worship of God is not restricted to our building. We can worship Him wherever we are. Nevertheless, it’s better when done together. As a church, we are now meeting virtually for all our services and activities. For children and families, we have our weekly service at 11.30 am every Sunday morning on Zoom (you can download it here). Please do contact Laura at email@example.com or call 07881786309 for weekly access codes. We look forward to seeing you.
We know how joyful for many of us to have our families all together during this period. But we also know how difficult this period might be as many parents joggle work and family life. We have put together resources that are helpful for families as you spend time together. Our prayer is that you will have much fun, share fellowship with each other and develop in your faith and relationships with God and each other. The resources are available here https://www.oatlandschurch.org.uk/covid-19-updates/
We are available to chat, support, and pray with you. Please do contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel 07881786309 or Revd Folli at email@example.com. Tel 01932840077.
CHILDREN IN CHURCH
Here at St. Mary’s there is always something for every member of the family, especially children every Sunday. On the First Sunday of the month, we have a contemporary All age worship, where every member of the church is involved in as much as they want to be. We aim for it to be a time of faith development, fellowship and fun. The service is followed by an extended time of fellowship and refreshment in the hall.
Sunday Juniors: Every Sunday during the 10 am service. (Except 1st Sunday All Age Worship)
This is a dedicated time of teaching, fun, crafts, and activities for our younger members. They meet in the Octagon (small church hall) behind the church. They are welcomed into their “church” by a trained adult helper and are introduced to other members of the “church”. The young people also have the same Bible story as we have in the main church. This is meant to enable families to relate together to the story.
They are brought back into the main church in time for sharing the Peace and Communion. If you would like to know more about this activity please contact Laura Scarr, Children and Families Worker, childrenandfamilies@
SMART TODDLERS' GROUP
An informal baby and toddler group in the church hall. No waiting list – just turn up and have fun! Plenty of toys and activities to keep the children entertained! £2 per family (including refreshments). There is a craft and singing to end the sessions.
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 30th June
7th, 14th, 21st July
WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS
There are two schools within our parish boundary and we are glad to work in close partnership with both of them.
We organize and lead a monthly act of Collective Worship based on Christian ethos and Values. We hope to give children and families a flavor of Christianity. In addition, we play host to various school RE visits and services at Christmas and Easter.
Cleves School (https://www.cleves.co.uk/)
We are very happy to lead a monthly session of Open The Book. What is Open the Book?
Open the Book began in Bedford in 1999, when a group of Christians started presenting Bible stories in school assemblies. It was so popular it grew and grew, becoming a national charity. In 2013 Open the Book became part of Bible Society. Read more about Open the Book on their webpage. At Saint Mary, we have a team of dedicated volunteers that uses this method to bring to live Bible Stories for Years 3 and 4. If you would like to attend one of these Assemblies or if you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers, please contact the Parish Office parishoffice@oatlandschurch.
We also organize and lead a monthly valued based act of Collective Worship for Years 5 and 6. This is in addition to the various Leavers` and Welcome Services, Christmas and Easter services as well as other schools RE visits.
Walton Leigh School (https://www.thelifecloud.net/schools/WaltonLeigh/)
Technically, this school is not within our parish but historically for various reasons, we have had a very strong relationship with the school. Over the years we have been involved in their end of term activities as well as Christmas services. If you would like to know more about our work and relationship with the schools, please contact the Parish Office.
FRIDAY FUSION YR 7 GROUP
Every 3rd Friday of the month at 7-9 pm in our church hall is Friday Fusion. This is a youth group for Y7’s and all are welcome. We start with a group discussion of how our week has been and a game, then free time to play games. We have a pool table, table football, and many board games. We then join together for Pizza, Fruit and Drink and end with thoughts for the week ahead. Any questions please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07881 786309.
*during lockdown we are meeting every Friday 8-9 pm via Zoom. This is proving to be a popular and beneficial time for the children to catch up with each other through discussion and group games. Please contact Laura for login details.