Worship for children and families

Children are very welcome and are an important part of our worshipping community. They have every right to be in church and participate in all worship in whatever way they are able to. We also know, however, that it is sometimes not easy as parents to occupy or engage children for a whole service. We have lots of resources available for children and families to access if and when they need to. We also have a couple of services a month that are particularly designed with children in mind.  

Children in church

We are working to redesign and refocus our church activities for children. If you would like to be part of that, please do contact one of the clergy. On the second Sunday of the month the morning Communion service is particularly planned to include children, especially our choristers.

Children in church

Children are welcome at all our services. On the first Sunday of the month All Together is for people of all ages and the children stay in the main service throughout. On the other Sundays children are welcome to join our Junior Church meeting, with older children welcome to act as helpers or to remain in the main service if they prefer.

Junior Church

Our Junior Church group meets every Sunday to celebrate Christian worship. We love games, stories, drama, craft, music, Lego, Origami and snacks. Children of all ages are very welcome, and the older ones enjoy looking after their younger friends. The group leaves during the first hymn and returns to join the congregation for communion, then sharing what we have been doing and praying about. On some special Sundays we also lead intercessions. And our Christmas Nativity production is a fantastic fun event – always full of music and drama, with lots of dressing up.

All Together@St John’s

In our All Together service at 10am on the first Sunday of the month people of all ages join in worship and different activities. Children share in the whole service with some songs especially suitable for young people. The craft and other interactive activities are suited to all ages and are a great way for different generations to be involved together. They will be fun as well as exploring the theme of the day. The children often lead on a Bible story and the prayers. When we share Communion we use one of the children friendly additional Eucharistic Prayers.

There is a children’s area in the church with a selection of books and toys. Children are encouraged to take part in the service, often taking the collection or acting as welcomers.