St Michael and All Angels takes pride in having been awarded the family friendly welcome award in 2014. This is an initiative set up by the Oxford Diocese that provides churches with a tool for evaluating how effective they are at engaging with the children and young people, not only within the congregation but also within the wider community.
There are provisions made for children and young people at the 10:45 am service on a weekly basis.
Crèche - a crèche is available every Sunday at the 10:45 am service in the North Room for children from birth to 3 years old, staffed by a group of parent volunteers.
Monthly Family Services – these take part on the first Sunday of the month. Children and young people are actively involved taking on various responsibilities during the service, i.e. leading readings and prayers.
All Other Services – during term time those from pre-school to Year 9 are split into groups by school year. Children, whatever their age, have the opportunity to take part in various age appropriate, fun and interactive activities and most sessions are based around a reading or story from the bible.
Bubbles: Pre-School to reception age meet in North Room.
JC Club: School years 1-6 meet in Church House.
Bell Tower: School years 7-10 meet in the Bell Tower
School Holidays – our regular groups take a break during school holidays but fun and exciting, one off activities are organised for the children by a wonderful group of volunteers who allow our regular leaders to have some time off.
We have three youth groups who meet on a regular basis, these are:
Triple A’s - Awesome and Active (School years 4-6), monthly Sunday teatime in term time.
FLASH (School years 7-9), monthly Sunday evening in term time.
CYFA (School years 10+), alternate Sunday evenings in term time.
Once a term Triple A’s and FLASH join together for bigger trips and activities, these have included; Chessington and bowling. Members of CYFA have joined us on these trips as young leaders.