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 resume on Sunday 8th September 2013
Dates for Autumn Term 2013:
Sunday 8th September
Sunday 15th September
Sunday 22nd September
Sunday 29th September ( Patronal Festival)
Sunday 6th October - Harvest Thanksgiving Family Service
Sunday 13th October
Sunday 20th October
Sunday 27th October - HALF TERM
Sunday 3rd November - All Saints (transferred) Family Service
Sunday 10th November - Remembrance Sunday at 9.45(note time)
Sunday 17th November -
Sunday 24th November - Christ the King
Sunday 1st December - Advent Sunday Choral Mass
Sunday 8th December - Family Mass
Sunday 15th December - end of term
Dates for Autumn Term 2013
Sunday September 8th
Sunday September 22nd
Sunday 13th October
Sunday 27th October
Thursday 31st October - Day trip to Southwark Cathedral to visit Fr Stephen
Sunday 17th November
Sunday 1st December
Sunday 8th December - Film premiere
Sunday 15th December - end of term SMYC followed by lunch