Children & Young People

Sunday Activities
We are committed to making children and young people welcome at the Sunday Eucharist service which starts at 10am and usually lasts just over an hour. We try to provide a supportive, nurturing and fun environment for them to explore issues of faith at their own level and as part of a community embracing all ages. We also value them as being vital to our ongoing Church worship and life alongside our adults.

Below is an outline of what’s on.  For more details, see our leaflet What’s On for Children and Young People at St Michael’s, which you can find here.

All Stars

All Stars is the name the children of St Michael’s have chosen for themselves.  All Stars is made up of 3 groups:

  • Baby and Toddler Stars (babies – 3 years)
  • Little Stars (3 – 4 years)
  • Super Stars (5-11 years)

All Age Sundays
Once a month (usually the first Sunday) our service is All Age Worship. This is a shorter, more child-friendly service. Children stay in church, and when communion is distributed, those not confirmed are offered blessed bread.

Other Sundays 

  • Baby and Toddler Stars stay with their parents/carers.
  • Little Stars meet in the Meeting Room.
  • Super Stars meet in the Church Hall or the Side Chapel.

Members of the Youth Group (Year 7 and above, plus Year 6’s who have been confirmed) are welcome to choose to stay in church or help with Super Stars.

Super Stars and Little Stars usually leave the service just before the Bible readings. Their groups are run by adult volunteers who use a planned termly curriculum which reflects the seasons and festivals. Bible stories and themes are brought to life using art, craft, song and games. They return to gather around the altar with those receiving Holy Communion and receive a blessing if they wish.

Sundays during August 

Our Adult helpers have a Summer break, but activities are still provided for All Stars in Church.

Altar Servers
Many children enjoy serving at St Michael’s, and training is available for those aged 7 or over. If interested, contact Dorian 020 7241 3992.

Young people
Our Youth Group is for young people in Year 7 and older and those in Year 6 who have been confirmed. It meets during the 10am Parish Eucharist once a month on the second Sunday of the month.

Young people can also make friends and explore faith at our monthly Messy Youth (part of Messy Church, see the column on the right), monthly Family Brunches (after church on second Sundays in termtime), summer camps and, on Friday nights in termtime, STAYG at St Anne’s, Hoxton for 8-14s (See http://www.stayg.org.uk/).

Angel Voices
Tunes for Toddlers: For pre-school children and their parents/carers. Tuesday mornings in term time in the Church Hall 9.45am-11am.

Holiday Clubs
We run occasional Holiday Clubs for school age children during school holidays and half terms. See right for details of any currently planned.

Christian Holidays
Children and young people have the opportunity to attend these each year during the Summer holidays.

All our groups and activities are run by volunteers, who give freely of their time and energy,  For more information about our children, youth and family ministry please see here or please contact the Vicar, the Revd Daniel Gerrans on 020 7249 2627 or vicar@stmichaelslondonfields.org.uk.

Safety: In an emergency, children taking part in groups or activities separately from their parents/carers will be taken to the Assembly Point (the paved area in the garden beside the main entrance to church), where parents/carers should go and collect them.

Safeguarding: In recruiting our Adult helpers who work with children and young people, we follow the Diocese of London’s Safeguarding Guidelines (see http://www.london.anglican.org/kb/volunteering-and-working-with-children-and-adults-at-risk/).

News, Events and Special Services

All Saints Sunday
10am on Sunday 4 November:
Eucharist to celebrate All Saints’ Day.

All Souls’ Eucharist
7.30pm on Tuesday 6 November:
Eucharist to commemorate the faithful departed.

Remembrance Sunday
10.30am on Sunday 11 November, Centenary of the World War I Armistice:
Eucharist with Act of Remembrance, Dedication of new Book of Remembrance, and Baptism and Confirmation, with 2 minutes’ silence at 11am.
We welcome the Rt Revd Robert Ladds, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of London, not just to confirm candidates at our annual confirmation service but also, to mark this significant moment in our national and local history, to dedicate a new Book of Remembrance which records the names of those resident in the Parish known to have lost their lives in the First World War 1914-1918 and subsequent conflicts. First created after the Second World War 1939-1945, it originally contained only the names of those who died in that War. The Book was re-bound, and names of the 31 known First World War dead from St Michael’s parish were added, thanks to a legacy.

Discovery Lunch ⋅ fortnightly on Thursdays (next one 11 October)⋅ 1-3pm

Discovery Lunch is an opportunity to find out more about God, the Bible and Christian faith and life, make friends, eat, pray and chat. Very relaxed, very open.  Come in the hall doors on Lavender Grove – we gather in the meeting room on the left.

Messy Church ⋅ Third Sunday of the month (next one 21 October) ⋅ 4.30-5.30pm

Messy Church is church with a difference for all ages, aimed at people who don’t normally get to Church and would like to try a different approach: a relaxed space and an activity based learning time on a Bible theme including a short celebration with story, song and prayer. Tea/coffee/juice are served throughout and we finish around the table with a sandwich tea. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Club
Our next Holiday Club will be at the start of the Christmas holidays, on the afternoon of Saturday 22 December. More details to follow.