‘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.
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. Throughout the year there are many special services and events for children including our monthly all age family Mass at 10am and our weekly Children’s Mass at 11.30am (except the 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.
There is a wide range of special services and events for children at St. Michael’s throughout the year. For the full list please consult the leaflet for children and young people here.
Hannah Childs has written an excellent history of her 15 years helping and leading the St Michael’s Sunday School which can be found here.
At present, there is no Sunday School but the 11.30am Children’s Mass has been adapted.
The Sunday School meets in the Community Centre adjacent to the church at 10.00am during term time. Children are invited to join in a wide variety of activities, often linked to the weekly theme. These can include games, prayer, songs, drama, stories and creative arts and crafts. Children will be brought into the church for a blessing/communion just before the end of the service when they can either sit with the Sunday School leaders or join their families. Under 3s should be accompanied by a parent/carer.
Once a month there is an all age family mass at 10am in which the children participate in various ways.
For further information please contact Children’s Ministry Leader Clover Summers: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Michael’s takes seriously its commitment to children and vulnerable adults and has a dedicated safeguarding officer, Camilla Harries, whose role is to make sure that we maintain the highest standards in the 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 Camilla, who is always happy to help. Additional safeguarding details can be found here.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
St Paul’s Christian Union
The CU of St Paul’s School in north Barnes has been connected with St Michael’s for many years and meets in the Church Hall every Sunday and hold their annual carol service here. Many members of the CU worship at St Michael’s and are always welcome.