Illustration by Sarah Lenton
Children and young people are very welcome at St Michael & All Angels. All ages are catered for, from babies and toddlers to teenagers, through our Creche, Children's Church and Youth Church (formerly Breakfast Club) and 'Little Angels' Playgroup - see Services for Children and below for details.
At our Patronal Festival in September,
the Children's Church performs its famous 'Skirmish', where the dragon is ousted from the church by a lively group of children, acting the parts of St Michael or his angels.
In the Christmas term, the children participate in our Remembrance Sunday service, making their own poppy wreath for the war memorial. In alternate years, they also create the 24 pictures for St Michael's Advent Calendar & Christmas Appeal (click here to see how to submit entries for the 2012 Calendar).
In December we pursue a lively Advent adventure to bring the children towards Christmas and hold a very popular art event for the youngest children, making Christmas cards and decorations. We welcome the participation of all children - whether local or simply visiting family for Christmas - to our wonderful Crib Service, where we have been known to see nearly 40 little kings visiting the baby Jesus!
In the Lent term, Mothering Sunday is always our most popular event, the children and young people collecting a posy of flowers to present to their mothers. Holy Week is the most moving and exciting season of the church calendar and youngsters follow the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday; through their own short Good Friday Service which involves participation from all ages, from our youngest children to our teenagers; helping to make the Easter Garden on Holy Saturday and, finally, celebrating the joys of Easter Sunday with the ritual blessing and distribution of easter eggs.
We hold an informal summer party for all three groups at the end of the summer term.
In addition, every Wednesday in term time, there is a 'Little Angels' Playgroup for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 years.
Venue: Church side chapel - 10 to 11.30am
Snacks for infants and refreshments for parents, nannies and carers provided:
Cost £2 per child.
All helpers are fully CRB checked. Free play from 10am with snacks followed by stories, songs and a closing prayer.
Contact Parish Office for further details