A Family Service is usually held on the first Sunday of the month except in March (when it takes place on Mothering Sunday). The singing is led by the Junior Choir (except in January, August and September), the sermon is aimed at young people (often illustrated with cartoons by Sarah Lenton - right), and the lessons and prayers are read by children.
On these Sundays, there is no Children's Church, although crèche facilities are available in the Parish Hall, and there are books for children at the back of the Church.
The Children's Crèche (right) is set up in the Gabriel Room in the Parish Hall for very young children, aged up to 3. An art activity related to a Bible Story will have been prepared, and they will have a quiet time for prayers, ending with a snack before they are collected by their parents to go into Church for a blessing. For further information on the creche contact our deacon, Mother Melanie or our Creche Co-ordinator, Judy Miller, via the Parish Office.
On other Sundays, children over the age of four process out of church during the first hymn. They have a short service of worship in the chapel (right) and then move to the Parish Hall where they hear the Gospel of the day and then explore its meaning through games or artistic activities. At the end of the session, the leaders bring them back into Church to receive a blessing. Sometimes they give a presentation to the grown-ups. (Parents are most welcome to join us if their child is shy or anxious; returning to the service when the child is happily settled.)
Contact: Christina Whiteway via the Parish Office.
Youth Church is for young people aged 11-15 at St Michael's. We meet on alternate Sunday mornings in term time during Mass for prayers, readings and activities appropriate to the age group. We also get together at some other times for film nights, quizzes, lunch and other fun things, and an end of year Houseparty weekend away - see this term's dates below for what's going on.
We gather in the north aisle at the start of the 10am Sunday service and go out in the first hymn, as Children's Church do.
For further information please contact Ian Flatman, Youth Church Leader
Check out the SMYC Facebook page for details of sessions this term and details of other fun activities taking place. Also view photos and videos of past events.
The Creche and Children's Church resumes on 26 April 2015
Dates for Summer Term 2015:
Sunday April 26th: Parish Mass
Sunday May 3rd FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday May 10th Rogation Day
Thursday May 14th at 5pm: Ascension Day service
Sunday May 17th: Parish Mass
Sunday May 24th - HALF TERM
Sunday May 31st: Parish Mass
Sunday June 7th FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday June 14th Mass on the Green (no Children's Church)
Sunday June 21st: Parish Mass
Sunday June 28th FESTIVAL MASS
Sunday July 5th FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday July 12th - Parish Mass (end of term)
no dates planned for Summer 2015