Children

‘Whoever welcomes a child in my name, welcomes me’  Mark 9:37

Children of all ages are welcome to all and every service at St. Michael’s. Please feel free to move about and look after your child during worship as is most helpful to you. Changing facilities and toilets can be found in the adjacent community centre. The stewards are always on hand to offer help and assistance.

The children were encouraged to dress up as angels for our patronal festival

There is a soft-play crèche at the back of the church around the font for younger children. During term time there is a Sunday School for children of primary school age (please click here for more information). Throughout the year there are many special services and events for children including our monthly all age family Mass at 10am, our weekly children’s Mass at 11.30am (except last Sunday of the Month).

We seek to help children and their parents to grow in their Christian faith. We hope you find St. Michael’s a nurturing and welcoming place for you and your family. We are always keen to hear feedback, so please do get in touch and consider volunteering.

Please also see our Children’s leaflet here.

St. Michael’s takes seriously its commitment to children and vulnerable adults and has a dedicated safeguarding officer whose role is to make sure that we maintain the highest standards in protection of the vulnerable, both young and old. All volunteers with our ministry receive checks via the Disclosure and Barring service.

To discuss any matter related to safeguarding please get in touch with Lucy, who is always happy to help.

Lucy Barnes, Safeguarding Officer

 

 

Email: Lucyalannahbarnes@gmail.com

Phone: 07739 904 922

 

 

Promoting a safer church

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

We adhere to the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults.

Our Commitments

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

Our Commitments

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

Helplines

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Action on Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

Please contact Fr Stephen Stavrou with any safeguarding concerns or questions:  email vicar@stmichaelbarnes.org or phone 020 8878 7589

Please click here to read more about A Safe Church.