Children

Children, young people and families are an integral part of life at St Mary’s.

Sundays
On Sunday mornings at 10am children begin in church for the opening hymn before going down to the church hall with a team of dedicated helpers for their own children’s group. During this time children share Bible stories together along with other fun activities in order to help them gain a better understanding of God. The group then rejoins the wider church family in time to share together in the Eucharist. The children’s group meets every Sunday morning except for the first Sunday of the month, when the whole church family remains together for the Open The Bible service which uses readily accessible language and lasts about 45 minutes.

Messy Church/Children’s Church
A Team Messy Church event (including craft and sport) takes place regularly at St Peter’s Church Hall, Limpsfield, and Children’s Church takes place on the last Monday of every month at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Limpsfield Chart.  For more details please visit their websites www.lttm.org.uk/stpeters and www.lttm.org.uk/standrews.

Summer Holiday Club
Over recent years primary school aged children from across the village and beyond have joined together for a Holiday Club. We normally meet together for 2-3 mornings during the last week of July and enjoy singing, baking, Bible stories, games and craft activities.

Tots on Top
Tots on Top toddler group meets every Monday morning, except bank holidays, in the church hall. The session starts at 9.30am, and runs until around 11.30. We start with free play (toys all over the floor!) and pack up at 11 o’clock. We then sit in a circle and sing nursery rhymes for twenty minutes, with some instruments for the children. At 10am, we offer drinks to adults and biscuits to everyone. We ask £1 per child over six months, but if this is a problem, please speak to one of us. Everyone who cares for small children is welcome to our group. We have mothers, fathers, grandparents and childminders who come to join in. We look forward to meeting you. Please call Cathy Cole on 07932 735809 for more details.

Safeguarding
St Mary’s Church follows Diocesan policies and procedures in line with the Church of England policy “Promoting a Safe Church.” http://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures