St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park

Services for Children and Young People at St Michael's

Sarah Lenton at a Family ServiceFamily Service

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.

Crèche

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.

Children's Church

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

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 youth church logoprayers, 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.

See also Youth Church Page and 'Little Angels' Baby & Toddler Group page

  • Children's Church Family Service sermon

The Creche and Children's Church resume on January 2014
Dates for Spring term 2014:
Sunday January 12th
Sunday January 19th
Sunday January 26th FAMILY SERVICE - CANDLEMASS
Sunday February 9th (CONFIRMATION)
Sunday February 16th - HALF TERM
Sunday 23rd February
Sunday March 2nd - FAMILY SERVICE
Wednesday March 5th: ASH WEDNESDAY 5pm - Children's Service and Ashing
Sunday March 9th
Sunday March 16th
Sunday 23rd March
Sunday 30th March- MOTHERING SUNDAY FAMILY SERVICE (clocks forward one hour)
Sunday April 6th - end of term

Easter at St Michael's for Children:
Saturday 12th April: 6pm - Passover Supper
Religion, food and the (possible) appearance of Elijah!
All the family are welocme to help in keeping the the meal that Jesus loved and ate with his friends just before his arrest
Venue Michael Room,Parish Hall

Monday 14th April: 10am-3pm- Fun for Easter
For children of all ages, come and spend the day being creative and having lots of fun for Easter! Make your own Easter Garden, decorate cakes and biscuits, paint eggs and create wonderful works of art.

Places are limited so please book with Tassy Russell after church on Sundays or via the Parish Office. A basic (lent) lunch will be provided for the children
Cost: £10 Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Friday 18th April: Good Friday : 12 noon 'Children's Passion' service
A wonderfully moving service detailing events from the arrest of Jesus in the garden to his death on the cross, told with hymns and readings from children's church members
Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Saturday 19th April: Holy Saturday:11am - The Easter Garden
The children of St Michael's will be making an Easter Garden. Everyone is welcome to help and if you can bring along a stone or a plant, so much the better!
Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Saturday 19th April: Holy Saturday:12 noon -2pm -Easter Bonnets
Come and make an Easter Bonnet to wear on Easter Sunday. We have hats for girls and boys to decorate and lots of things to decorate them with.
Places are limited so please book with Tassy Russell after church on Sundays or via the Parish Office.
Cost £5 per hat Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Sunday 20th April: Easter Day at 10am: Family Eucharist of Easter with 'egg rolling'
Celebrate Easter Sunday in church with us - we'll need children to help with the sermon and a huge basket of Easter eggs will be blessed at the end of the service. Father Kevin will then roll them down the aisle, commemorating 'rolling away the stone' from Jesus' tomb, and see if the Churchwardens can catch them. Don't worry there will still be enough for all the children to have one!

Youth Church
Dates for Spring Term 2014
Sunday January 12th
Sunday January 26th
Sunday February 9th (No YC - CONFIRMATION)
Sunday February 16th
Sunday March 2nd
Sunday March 16th
Sunday April 6th - end of term followed by lunch outing