Children and Young People

Children and Young People

Children are a vitally important part of the church’s future; within the benefice there are many families whose children attend the local school – Mere Primary School.  Throughout the church calendar there are services encouraging children and young people to be involved.

Family Worship

Children and young people are welcome at all our services and there is a large well-furnished children’s area equipped with toys and books in the church. However the first service of the month is designed to have something special for children and doesn’t include Holy communion.

1st Sunday service in the month is a planned with children in mind.

Other Children’s Activities include

  • Festival Services – At Easter, Christmas, Mothering Sunday and Harvest Festival.
  • Mere School – Open the Book is just one of the activities linked with the school.
  • Children’s Holiday Clubs – held on occasions throughout the year.
  • Little Angels – Little Angels is a friendly baby and toddler group for parents and carers of babies and pre-school children to meet up for a chat, coffee and for the children to play together. It is run by volunteer members of the church community most Tuesdays from 9.30 -11.00 in the Grove Building, opposite the church.

Safeguarding

All Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs) and those who regularly work with the children hold current DBS certificates. Please read our Safeguarding Policy for more details.

Baptism

We would be delighted to baptise your baby, child or even yourself. Nobody is too young or too old. To inquire about baptism please attend a service and speak to the person officiating or one of our Church Wardens. Alternatively you can email our administrator who will put you in touch with our vicar administrator@stmichaelsmere.org.uk.

Before the baptism we ask that you spend some time with a priest, considering the promises you will make. We prefer to conduct the baptism during a regular church service so that the ‘church family’ can welcome you and pray for you; this can be one of the informal family services. However, it may be possible to arrange a separate Christening service if the vicar agrees.

You can find out more about baptisms on the Church of England web site on the Christening page.

Families Matter

Family life can be exhausting, frustrating and at times heart-breaking. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like to talk to someone, there are Lay Pastoral Assistants in the Church who would visit you. Please call Christine Marsh (01747 861212) or Jane Hurd (01747 860218) They are trained to listen and to pray.