St Mark’s is a great place for families and children. It’s not stuffy and there are lots of fun things happening like arts and crafts at Christmas and Easter, sports events in the summer and trips out during the year.
But don’t just listen to what we say, come and find out for yourselves – oh, and bring your families along too! They’ll also be pleased to know that St Mark’s has a really good Safeguarding Children Policy in operation.
On Sundays at 10.00 am during term time we invite children aged between 3 and 11 to join us for ‘Godly Play’. We always start the Service together and we come back in time for Communion, which children are welcome to receive. Godly Play has been created to give children their own sacred space, a time for them to encounter stories from the Bible and church life, awakening their imagination and engaging their own spirituality. The stories are very simple and visual and often followed by an opportunity to respond freely using art and craft materials. Every week is slightly different so you’ll have to come along and see!
To find out more, call Sarah Armstrong on 0114 266 3023 and you may be interested in following this link to the Godly Play website, www.godlyplay.org.uk.
We are very happy when families with small children come into church and we hope that you will feel at home here. You’ll find a Quiet Play area at the back of church where small children can play, under parental supervision, while the Service is going on. We also have a crèche on Sundays during the 10.00 am Service with many more toys and space for children to run about, where you can either stay or leave your children and rejoin the Service. We would ask you to use the crèche during quieter parts of the Service, especially the sermon and prayers.
We have a growing number of toddlers at St Mark’s so in the crèche area there are often craft activities laid on.