Services and activities
for families with young children
St Mary & St Helen - Stay & Play every Friday in term time 9.15an - 11.15am
The morning starts with play and craft activities for the children, with tea or coffee for the adult(s) who have come with them. There are then refreshments for the children and some more activity before the morning finishes with a bible story, some singing together, and a simple prayer. The morning is a social activity - both for children and for the adults with them. It gives all ages of pre-school children a first introduction to church and a good opportunity to develop social skills, as well as a support network for the adults coming with them. New parents have found this particularly helpful. You don’t need to book in advance but there is a small charge of £2 per family each week to cover costs. There is a limited amount of parking in front of and at the back of The Neston Centre (between the parish church and Hallwood), but there is plenty of parking in the main town car parks nearby. You are welcome to come along whenever you wish. For more information contact Marion Forshaw 07918675212.
St Michael’s - Each Sunday: 9.30 am at St Michael’s, Little Neston
This service aims to enable parents and children to be at church together without feeling awkward at all. The atmosphere is relaxed, and it is the least formal of the four Sunday services in the parish. We know that children are not silent. We know that they may move around from time to time. There is an area within the body of the church with activities for children. They can take part in the service there - and you are welcome to sit with them there as well. Alternatively they can sit with you in the main seating. Children are automatically welcomed to take part in what we are doing. There are musical instruments for children to play during the songs if they wish to, and there is an opportunity for them to show what they have been working on towards the end of the service. Services last a little under 45 minutes and we have refreshments afterwards.
The first Sunday in each month is an “All Age” service where the language is more child-friendly and children are encouraged to join in more directly if they wish to.
On the third Sunday in each month there is Holy Communion within the service.
The St Michael’s service has evolved over time and we would be delighted for it to develop further. There is plenty of parking in the St Michael’s church car park next to the church. Do join us, or for more information contact Carol Stott 0792 909 6443.
St Thomas’ Suspended until further notice see Prayer in Action for any updates
There are other one-off children-friendly services and events through the year, for example in the run-up to Christmas. Details appear in our weekly newsletter, which you can receive by email.