Church of England Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham Arnold

Children's Church

Hello! Welcome to the Children’s Church page! St Mary's has a thriving children’s work on a Sunday and throughout the week, as well as lots of special events during the year.

The Bible teaches that children matter to God in a "unique" way! Jesus spoke of the need to welcome children and, in so doing, we would welcome him and his father in heaven. Jesus was very pointed in his desire that we" let the children come to him" without hindrance and with open hands and hearts.

At St.Mary's we want to make children of all ages feel "welcome!" We know that the early impressions of Church are made, good or bad, through a child's first experiences at church.

Our goal is to make "church" a caring, comfortable, secure place for all children.

Unfortunately the COVID situation has severely curtailed our ability to run our children's activities and so please check on our website to see what we are doing. However we are pleased to confirm that St.Mary's Tots is now on again!

For all pre-school children with their parents and carers, our "St.Mary's Tots" enjoy a short toddler-centred time in church with story and songs and then meet together in the Family Centre for activities, toys and refreshments. Time to meet and have a chat and for the children to enjoy an activity, play and have fun together. Held every Tuesday during term time at 2pm.

For our older children:  "All Stars"  takes places from 10.30 to 11.15 am  every Sunday morning.

The "All Stars"  have their own time to have fun and experience a church of love, colour, stories, activities, singing and interactive learning.

Every year a group from Year 6  go away for a weekend to the Oakes Christian Centre for fun, friendship and Christian teaching.

Our groups are open to anybody. Just come along one Sunday and join us, no invite needed. You will be made very welcome.

We hope to start 'All Stars' again after Christmas

Tots                                  From 0 to 5 years

All Stars                           From 3 to 9 years (F1 to Yr 4)


St.Mary's also have a Crèche at the back of church (behind the font) for our younger children so that they will be able to enjoy themselves while a service is in progress.

This will be available every week at the Sunday Morning 10.30 am service.. Just ask one of the welcomers for directions! All children are very welcome!