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.

Youth Group
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. See the column on the right for details of the current programme.

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

Christmas Carol Service
5pm on Sunday 17 December
Carols by candlelight, with Adult and Junior Choirs. Mince pies and mulled wine are served after the service.
For details of the Adult Choir, contact Matt. For details of the Junior Choir, contact Jon.

Follow the Star Holiday Club
Book now for Follow the Star, our Christmas Holiday Club on Saturday 23 December, 2-4pm. This is the time of the year we remember the journey of the Wise Men to Bethlehem to see Jesus. Craft activities, edible activities, drama, treasure hunt and games. And a chance for parents/carers to get in some last minute Christmas shopping. To book your child’s place contact the Vicar, the Revd Daniel Gerrans on vicar@stmichaelslondonfields.org.uk or 020 7249 2627, or pick up a form at Church at our Sunday morning service (10 o’clock start). Cost £1 payable on the day. Early booking recommended.

Crib Service
4pm on Christmas Eve – a short service around the crib, especially suitable for small children.

Midnight Mass
11pm on Christmas Eve – taking us into Christmas Day

Christmas Day Eucharist
10.30am on Christmas Morning – an All Age Christmas Service with pop-up Nativity Play

New Year’s Eve Watch Night Eucharist
10.45pm Sunday 31 December – to welcome in the New Year.

Discovery Lunch is an opportunity to discover more about how God shows up in the Bible, make friends, eat, pray and chat. Very relaxed, very open.
Come in the hall doors – we gather in the meeting room on the left at 12 noon and leave by 2pm. Next one is on Thursday 14 December.
Dates for the New Year: Jan 11 & 25; Feb 8 & 22; Mar 8 & 22.
The Discovery Lunch is part of our baptism/confirmation preparation and is open to anyone new to church or just keen to eat and explore faith.
Come and join us!

Messy Church ⋅ Third Sunday of the month (next one 21 January) ⋅ 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.

Youth Group ⋅ Usually Second Sunday of the month, during the 10am Parish Eucharist (next one 28 January)
Building faith and friendships for young people aged 11-18. Youth Group members also have the opportunity to attend one Friday Youth Encounter each month at St John’s Hoxton. For details contact the Vicar.