Children & Young People
Children of all ages are an integral and valued part of our church. With strong links to the Moseley C of E School, St Mary’s and St Anne’s churches are here to support families as they nurture their children in faith.
Children matter to God and likewise to our church. With age-appropriate worship for children as young as 18 months through to our youth group for young people age 11 and up, we welcome every child and share the love and word of God with them.
St Mary’s Young Discoverers:
This group is for new-born children through age two/three with a parent/carer learning together. The story of the bible is shared through songs, simple stories and prayers and crafts. There is also time after the activities for the little ones to play and sing and for adults to chat. This group meets in the West Room at the rear of the church.
This group is for children ages three and four. Similar to Young Discoverers, the story of the bible is shared through song, story, craft and games. Children should be encouraged to come on their own. Parents are only requested to stay if their child requires settling and will be asked to leave once settled. This group meets in the Courtyard Room (outside the admin office).
This group is for children ages five and six. Storytelling, music, crafts and games become a bit more complex in this group challenging the children to think about their faith, understand church tradition and to form friendships in church. Children are encouraged to come on their own. Parents are only requested to stay if their child requires settling and will be asked to leave once settled. This group meets in the Choir Vestry upstairs from the West Room.
This group is for children ages seven and up. The Christian story is explored through bible reading, discussion, crafts and games. The young people consider how living their faith looks and feels and are given the space to question and develop their own understanding of Jesus, the Church and where they fit into God’s story. This group meets in the Warden’s Office at the rear of church.
Sunday Group: St Anne’s
St Anne’s group is a growing, multi-aged gathering that meets every Sunday during term time. We sing, share a bible story, play games and make creative crafts. All children are welcome but we do ask that a parent accompany children who are not yet toilet trained as we do not change nappies!
Youth at St Mary’s and Anne’s (Y@SMAA)
Young people in year 6 and/or age 11 and up meet once a month on the third Sunday at 6pm to 7:30pm in St Anne’s Hall to visit, play games, study Scripture, discuss the intersection of life and faith, encourage one another and of course, eat snacks! We have a great group of young people who attend a variety of local schools so no one should feel that they won’t fit in!
Our benefice Messy Church at St Anne’s church gathers on the third Sunday of each month during the school year from 4p-6p. We start our session with messy crafts and games, then follow with all-age worship and end with a shared meal in the church hall. Please see the parish calendar for dates as there are occasions when Messy Church cannot meet due to scheduling conflicts with other church activities.
Respecting one another
Everyone wants to feel accepted and a valued member of the church and children and young people are not the future of the church- they are the church now. Please help us to make our churches a place of welcome to all by encouraging your children to respect those who have come to worship by keeping quiet during the service. Children’s areas with colouring sheets, Discovery Bags and quiet toys are situated in the north and south aisles for your convenience. If your child needs to stretch or run and play please feel welcome to take them to the West Room for a play with the toys.
How can you help?
You don’t have to have a child in our programmes to be part of the children’s ministry in the benefice. You do, however, need to have a love for children and a desire to share God’s love with them- we provide the materials, training and support!