We offer an alternative service at 9.15am in the Oliver Bird Hall
We are now offering an exciting alternative Sunday 9.15am service in the Oliver Bird Hall to meet the wide ranging needs of all families, to run alongside the normal service in the Church.
Our aim : To enable everyone to grow in faith and commitment in a forum that suits you best.
The service is accessible, engaging, informal and participative – and particularly attractive to those with young families (although everyone is welcome!).
Gather in the Oliver Bird Hall, explore The Word according to age group, re-group, and return to Church to receive Holy Communion and the dismissal.
The childrens' groups all follow the same theme whilst adults will be invited to be part of a bible study group.
Everyone is welcome - particularly those of you who find traditional church services with young children stressful. This is your chance to benefit from a service tailored to your needs. Join us to experience 'The Junction' every Sunday (except 2nd Sunday, when we all worship together at the All-age Eucharist in Church). We look forward to seeing you there.
Now it's even easier on Sunday morning
Sunday Services for Families
On all Sundays at 9:15am, except the second Sunday in the month, there is a service called The Junction in the Oliver Bird Hall (next to the Church) which is designed for families with children aged 0-11 . The worship is designed for both children and their parents and there is a live band. The service consists of three parts:
The emphasis of this vibrant service is informality and not needing to worry about children causing a disturbance the service. Parents are encouraged to join in the running of the service.
On (normally) the second Sunday of each month at 09:15 is All Age Worship, a more informal service in church with the music led by a band.
Staying in touch
We send out an email once a month for families with young children to let them know what is going on as well as being loaded onto this website. To be sent a copy each month please email your details to Richard Moll.
Parish Eucharist : 10.00am Sundays
There is a crèche for babies and children too young for Sunday Club. They are made very welcome and are looked after by members of the church family, so that parents can join in the worship.
Sunday Club : 10.00am every Sunday except 3rd Sunday of the month
We welcome children from the age of about 3½ when they start Nursery school. Our morning commences with singing, prayers and a story, and then we divide into groups according to age for appropriate activities. We aim to make the sessions enjoyable and to tell the children some of the Bible stories and teach the basic messages of the Christian faith. The children come into the main service for a blessing at the altar rail during the distribution of Communion.
All Age Worship : 3rd Sunday of the month
St Helen’s Church holds its All Age Worship service on the third Sunday of the month at 10.00am.
It is a short service (about 40 minutes) where all people meet for informal, friendly worship. This service does not normally include Holy Communion.
Friends Club : on the 1st Sunday of the month
Junior school aged children meet separately in the Godly Play classroom at St. Helen's for a time of marshmallows, hot chocolate, friendship and fun.
Holy Eucharist : 10.30am Sundays
Crèche and Sunday Club : 10.30am (except 2nd Sunday of the month when it is All Age)
There is a lively crèche for the little ones during Sunday morning services. Children rejoin the congregation for a blessing towards the end of the service.
There is a fun Sunday Club for older children during Sunday morning services. Children rejoin the congregation for a blessing or communion towards the end of the service.
All Age Worship : 2nd Sunday of the month
St Michael’s all age worship at 10.30 am on the 2nd Sunday of the month follows simple themes such as ‘God’s Love’, ‘Following Jesus’ or ‘Families’. All-Age services also happen on special occasions such as Harvest, Mothering Sunday and Remembrance Sunday. The Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers usually attend this service and the children often take a role in leading the worship. The service is a mixture of fun activities, lively songs and creative prayers, though quiet worship and reflection often plays a part too.
Christmas Services dates announced in November.