Children & Young People

Sunday Activities
We are committed to making children and young people welcome at our Sunday Eucharist service which starts at 10am and usually lasts just over an hour. We 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 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 in the Side-Chapel, usually on the Second Sunday of the month, leaving Church after the Gospel (the last of the day’s Bible readings) and returning for Holy Communion.

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), Christian 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.

Christmas
Children from St Michael’s are joined by children from local schools to form a Junior Choir to sing at our annual Carol Service.  And children of all ages are encouraged to take part in our Nativity Service on Christmas morning.

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

Safeguarding: Our groups and activities for children and young people are run by adult volunteers.  In recruiting them, we follow the Diocese of London’s Safeguarding Guidelines, which can be found here: http://www.london.anglican.org/kb/volunteering-and-working-with-children-and-adults-at-risk/.

Registration and Consent Forms, and Your Personal Data: We hope you will want to attend regularly with your child.  If you do, for various reasons including your child’s welfare, we will ask you to complete a form giving us some information about you and your child. When you return the form, we will give you our Data Privacy Notice, which explains your rights about your data and how we will use it.

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.

For more information about our children, youth and family ministry please see here or please contact the Vicar on 020 7249 2627 or at vicar@stmichaelslondonfields.org.uk.

News, Events and Special Services

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity For more than a century the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been celebrated on 18-25 January, the 8 days (‘octave’) up to and including the feast of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle (described in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9). This year, local churches of different denominations are once again marking the Week of Prayer by holding short services in different churches each day of the Week, to which all are invited. The services will follow this year’s theme suggested by the World Council of Churches: Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The detailed programme is:
• Friday 18th 12 noon at St John of Jerusalem, Lauriston Road, E9 7DH
• Saturday 19th 11am at Frampton Park Baptist Church, Frampton Park Road, E9 7PQ
• Sunday 20th 4.00pm Main Ecumenical Service at Hampden Chapel Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church, Lauriston Road, E9 7EU
• Monday 21st 9.30am at St. Michael’s
• Tuesday 22nd 2pm at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, E8 4SA
• Wednesday 23rd 2pm (lunch 12.00-1.45pm) at The Salvation Army, 70 Mare Street, E8 4RT
• Thursday 24th 6pm at Hackney Methodist Church, 219 Mare Street, E8 3QE
• Friday 25th 12 noon at St. Columba’s Barge, East Canal Side, East Bay Lane, E20 3BS (Go along Eastway towards Stratford, passing St Mary of Eton on your left. It is a big white barge on the canal just by the bridge on your right-hand side.)

Discovery Lunch ⋅ fortnightly on Thursdays (next one 24 January)⋅ 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. All welcome. Come in the hall doors on Lavender Grove – we gather in the meeting room on the left.

Messy Church ⋅ usually Third Sunday of the month ⋅ 4.30pm (NB The next one will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 2 February, 10.30am-12.30pm. Please let the Vicar know if you are planning to go and book places here.)
Messy Church is church with a difference for all ages: an activity based learning time on a Bible theme in a relaxed space, ending with a celebration in story, prayer, shared food and a short separate session for Messy Youth (Yr6+). Tea/coffee/juice are served throughout. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Candlemas 8.45am (Quiet Eucharist) and 10am (All Age Eucharist) on Sunday 3 February
Our 40-day celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ concludes with the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.