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 11 January 2015
Dates for Spring term 2015:
Sunday Jan 11th
Sunday Jan 18th
Sunday Jan 25th
Sunday Feb 1st CANDLEMAS
Sunday Feb 8th Confirmation
Sunday Feb 15th
Wednesday Feb 18th at 5pm: ASH WEDNESDAY
A short and intimate mass for children marking the beginning of Lent
Sunday Feb 22nd - HALF TERM
Sunday March 1st
Sunday March 8th
Sunday March 15th - MOTHERING SUNDAY Family Service
Family Mass, children's sermon and flower posies to give to Mum, Granny, Auntie...or Dad!
Sunday March 22nd
Sunday March 29th - PALM SUNDAY
Friday April 3rd at noon - GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY
Sunday April 5th - EASTER SUNDAY FAMILY MASS
Good Friday : 12 noon 'Children's Passion' service
A dramatic and moving telling of Christ's journey to the cross. Children are encouraged to participate and stay afterwards for Hot Cross Buns. Arrive at 11.45 if you would like to take part in the service
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!
no dates planned for Spring 2015