St. Mary’s offers a thriving Junior Church and Sunday School, which meets regularly on Sunday mornings during the Sung Eucharist, which starts at 9.30am.
There is a wide age range, starting at about 3 years, up to 17 years. A self-service crèche is also available for babies and toddlers.
Sunday mornings might include a short lesson, often based on the liturgy for the day, plus the chance for colouring, drawing or other sorts of ‘graphics’. From time to time the youngsters also prepare and take part in the service, and occasional workshops are arranged to precede special festivals.
Parents are welcome to be present during Junior Church and Sunday School, which takes place in the Chantry House.
The older children can also take part in outings, such as the junior choir trip to Thorpe Park last summer, which proved very popular. Meanwhile the younger children have enjoyed traditional tea parties.
New children are always welcome and many of the present Junior Church also sing as members of the choir.