FAMILIES & CHILDREN @stmarywarsash

Our Messy Church welcomes up to 70 children and 50 adults.  You’re invited to join us in this amazing new way of being church for families who find it hard to go to church on a Sunday.  Messy Church is after School at 3.30pm on a Thursday once a month.

A relaxed and informal church with a warm welcome for the whole family with crafts, songs, drama, food – and plenty of opportunity to have and make a mess! 

Children – a place to meet to friends, learn new things along with your adult.
Mums, Dads, Grandads, Grandmas, Carers – a place to spend quality time with your children and grandchildren and make links with other families.
3.30pm – 4.00pm   Messy Welcome with drink and biscuit
3.45pm-5.00pm   Messy Craft, an hour of craft and other activities
5.00pm – 5.15pm   Messy Worship, a short time of celebration in the church as we draw together everything we have been discovering today.
5.20pm-5.45pm   Messy Meal, no need to rush home and feed the family, relax and have a meal with us.
Although there is no formal charge for Messy Church, donations are gratefully received.

Meeting every Month at St. Mary’s Church Hall on Thursdays, Messy Church is led by Revd Nicky-Sue, our Joint Vicar.  You can contact her by email, and her families work email address is familiesworker@stmarywarsash.org.uk

Forthcoming dates can be found at the bottom of this page.

STAY AND PLAY

A warm, friendly, creative and lively parent and toddler group which meets each Thursday from 1.30pm until 3.30pm in the Church Hall during school term time.  Just turn up, meet with other parents and carers, enjoy a cuppa whilst your child enjoys the craft and play with other toddlers and babies.  The group is led by Revd Nicky-Sue.

SUNDAYS

Children are very welcome with their families at church on a Sunday.  For those with younger children the right hand side of the church has soft play furnishing and a cabinet with boxes of quiet toys, books and colouring.  These can be enjoyed at any time in any service.  The toilet at the back of the church has a baby changing unit and an DSC03011additional baby changing unit is in the Church Hall.

The 10am service has activities for all ages.  At the start of the service at 10am a child lights the candles before our prayers and praise songs.  Except for 1st Sunday of the month which is All Age Worship, the children and young people then depart to the Church Hall for activities in their age groups.  They call the 3rd Sunday of the month ‘Grape Sunday’ because the children join in communion with hands on all age creative learning taking place in the church and shared with the adults.

THE GROUPS:

  • 0-3 years: Scramblers
  • 4-6 years: Climbers
  • 7-10 years: Explorers
  • 11+: Pathfinders

DURING THE WEEK:

‘Stay & Play’ is a dynamic parent, baby and toddler group.  An afternoon for parents to socialise, chat and play.  In the Church Hall, 1.30pm – 3pm every Thursday during school term time.  Once a month Stay & Play is followed by ‘Tots Praise’; 30 minutes of action songs and a Bible story hosted in Church.  ‘Stay & Play’ costs 50p per session including refreshments.

‘Coffee Pot’ is a group for women where children are welcome.  Tuesday mornings each week in a home or the Church Hall Lounge. 10.15am for friendship around a Bible study, prayer and fun.
For more information about the activities for your daughter or son please contact the Church Office.
Occasional Activity Days and other special events are held for children in the village or linked with the school.

‘Children’s Trail’ is for children of all ages.  Further information can be obtained here.

CHILD SAFETY   Please note that the Church regards the implementation of its’ Child Safety Policy as of paramount importance.  All leaders and those who assist in ministry to children and vulnerable adults are required to have an up to date DBS certificate.  Further information about safeguarding can be found here.

FUTURE EVENTS ARE:-

Sep
26
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
3
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Oct 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
7
Mon
2019
Hook Academy Harvest Service @ Church
Oct 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Hook Academy Harvest Service @ Church
Oct 7 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Oct
10
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Oct 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Oct 10 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Oct
17
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Oct 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
24
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
7
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
11
Mon
2019
Hook Academy Remembrance @ Church
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Nov
14
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Nov 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Nov 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Nov
21
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
25
Mon
2019
Brownie Christmas rehearsal @ Church
Nov 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Nov
28
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Nov 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
2
Mon
2019
Brownie Christmas Service @ Church
Dec 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dec
5
Thu
2019
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Dec
12
Thu
2019
Hook Academy Rehearsal (TBC) @ Church
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Messy Church @ Church Hall
Dec 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

What's On

Sep
24
Tue
2019
9:00 am Morning Prayer @ Church
Morning Prayer @ Church
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
 
10:00 am Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Sep
26
Thu
2019
11:00 am Communion (BCP) @ Church
Communion (BCP) @ Church
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
1:30 pm Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Sep
27
Fri
2019
6:30 pm Choir Practice @ Church
Choir Practice @ Church
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Oct
1
Tue
2019
9:00 am Morning Prayer @ Church
Morning Prayer @ Church
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
 
10:00 am Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Coffee Pot @ Church Hall Lounge
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Oct
2
Wed
2019
2:00 pm Mothers’ Union Branch Meeting @ Church Hall Lounge
Mothers’ Union Branch Meeting @ Church Hall Lounge
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Speakers – Rev Elizabeth Groves and Valerie Griffiths: Mothers Union: Listening, observing and acting in step with God.
Oct
3
Thu
2019
11:00 am Communion (BCP) @ Church
Communion (BCP) @ Church
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
1:30 pm Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Stay and Play @ Church Hall
Oct 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm