Children & Young People
ONLINE SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
From Sunday 12th July, we are able to come back to Church each week for our 10 am service. We have put in measures to make this as safe as we can do for all attending. Sunday Juniors will run each week in the Church Hall. Please enter through the front entrance (Bell Tower) with your family and use the hand sanitiser on entering. One of the Sunday Juniors team will come and collect your child/children and take them to the hall. They will be brought back after the Prayers during the service to you. Social-distancing with be adhered to inside the hall. Please can the children bring their own water bottle and pencil case with them with coloured pens or pencils and a pen or pencil? There is a video below to show some of the measures in place.
There will no longer be Sunday Junior’s on Zoom but the service will be available to view still now live from the Church with the same log in details (please see below). It has been very enjoyable and we have all been very blessed with the technology that we have to have been able to keep our Faith, Fun, and Fellowship each week. It has been lovely to have some new families joining us virtually during the lockdown and we are very much looking forward to meeting you in person soon at one of our services. 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.
SMART TODDLERS' GROUP
See you on Tuesday 14th September 2021 for more fun!!
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.
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.