Children & Youth
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 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 the 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 craft and singing to end the sessions.
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March
21st, 28th April
5th, 12th 19th May
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 organise and lead a monthly act of Collective Worship based on Christian ethos and Values. We hope to give children and families a flavour 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 led 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 organise 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 school RE visits.
Walton Leigh School (https://www.thelifecloud.net/schools/WaltonLeigh/)
Technically, this school is not within our parish but historically for various reason, 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.