Children & Young People

Groups & Activities

On Sunday mornings during the first half of the service we run a number of children’s activities. We believe at St. Matthew’s that our children deserve the very best in the nurturing of their spirituality, so, rather than have them sitting through a sermon which is mostly aimed at the adult members of the congregation, they have their own groups where they are able to engage with the scriptures in their own way. Our Sunday morning groups meet every week during term time. During the holidays they meet as one big group.

Small Steps

Sunday morning group for the under 5’s. Children go out during the hymn just before the Gospel reading, along with their parent(s)/carer. The group normally takes the format of a Godly Play or story session, great fun for children and adults alike!

Junior Church

Sunday morning group for primary school children. Learning about our faith and traditions through stories and craft… they meet during the first half of the service and re-join the congregation, along with Small Steps at the point in the service where we share Christ’s peace with each other.

Messy Church

A new way of doing church. On the 1st Sunday of each month at 4pm. A mixture of craft activities, songs, stories and drama, for all the family. Lasts for 30 minutes followed by Sunday tea.

Fr Andrew Cunnington
Toddler Group

A weekly session on Monday mornings in our Parish room starting at 9.45am. Refreshments, toys and fellowship for Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads, carers and childminders… and their little ones.

Uniformed Organisations
We are so pleased that our Church hall is able to host our local Rainbows and Brownie groups. Each group is often looking for more helpers, and we also welcome enquiries about joining the various groups.
Rainbows Thu 4.30pm
Rainbows Fri 4.30pm
Brownies Fri 5.30pm

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