At St. Mary’s, we aim to be welcoming to young families and to children. We are aware that our Children’s and Family provision is a ‘work in progress’ but we are absolutely committed to this crucial area of church life. At the current time, our ministry to children revolves around:
Junior Church: This happens each week during the 10am Sunday service, except for the 2nd Sunday of each month which is an All Age service and the 3rd Sunday of each month when there is Messy Church in the afternoon. The children start off in church and then go to their groups before joining us again for Holy Communion. Junior Church does not take place during August.
School Service: On a Friday morning at 9.00, our Infants’ School comes to church for a 30-minute service. Approximately 65 parents/carers attend as well, so the church is buzzing with about 250 each Friday morning. After the service, parents/carers can stay on for our Friday Mocha House; coffee, cakes and chat in the adjoining pavilion.
Messy Church: This happens at 2.30 every 3rd Sunday of the month. We have about 30 children and 30 adults attending. Messy Church lasts about an hour and is wall-to-wall with creative arts, singing, food, mess, laughter and music. Messy Church is for All Ages.
We have a Linton Messy Church Facebook page. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/Linton-Messy-Church-604017396413090/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Children’s Corner: At the back of St. Mary’s, there is a Children’s Corner where the younger members of our family can read, draw or play during the service.
Creche facilities: These are available during the 10.00 service on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays, in the Pavilion. There are baby-changing facilities available in the Pavilion too.
Tots in Tow: This is a parents/carer and baby/toddler group which meets in the Village Hall each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. during term time. The group has a Christian ethos and its aim is to support parents with young children. Older children are welcome, and helpers without children are present to listen and give general support. Each session includes the singing of a few choruses and a closing prayer.
We are committed to improving our ministry to children and are currently seeking to improve our facilities and range of creative ministries.
If you want more information or would like to be involved in our Children’s Ministry, please contact Nicola Collard on firstname.lastname@example.org Please be aware that St. Mary’s is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of young people and no-one will be able to engage in Children’s Work without first having gone through a DBS check and adequate training.