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 7th September 2014
Dates for Autumn term 2014:
Sunday Sept 7th FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday Sept 14th (Book Festival)
Sunday Sept 21st
Sunday Sept 28th PATRONAL FESTIVAL
Sunday October 5th HARVEST THANKSGIVING Family Service
Sunday Oct 12th
Sunday Oct 19th
SUNDAY Oct 25th - HALF TERM
Sunday November 2nd - All Saints FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday November 9th at 9.45am - Remembrance Sunday
Sunday November 16th
Sunday November 23rd - Christ the King
Sunday November 30th - Advent Sunday
Sunday December 7th - FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday December 14th - end of term
Wednesday December 24th - CRIB SERVICE
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
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!
Dates for Autumn Term 2014
Sunday September 14th
Sunday September 28th
Sunday October 12th
Saturday October 26th
Later dates tba