Church of England Diocese of York St. Hilda of Whitby Grangetown

Children at S. Hilda's

St.Hilda’s Church welcomes children and families to all our services and events. This page will explain what is available and what to expect when you bring your children to church.

We have a disabled access toilet with a pull down baby changing table in our hall which is accessible during services too. There are 2 ways to get to the hall from church, either to the left of the Altar through the Lady Chapel or to the right of the Altar past the font.

We welcome all families including those who have children with any additional needs. If you think you will need any support or help with your children in church, or if you would like to visit to look around before bringing your children to Mass, please ask.  

Our Parish Mass on Sunday mornings at 9.30am is our main service of the week. Although not specifically aimed at children, they are very welcome to attend. We have a children’s area to the left of the Altar with a selection of toys and colouring pictures.

During Mass children can take part in Sunday School in the hall or stay in church with their parents. The children are brought back into church during the offertory hymn about half way through Mass.  Preschool children can join in with Sunday School but need a parent to stay with them. You are welcome to join your older child in Sunday School too if they would prefer you to be with them.

We have children’s Mass Books to help you and your child understand what is going on. If you would like someone to sit with you to guide you through Mass please ask.

Young children are naturally curious and our church is a great open space that they will be tempted to explore. If your young child is exploring please feel free to follow your child around so that you can keep them safe as our building is not completely child proof! While everyone in church likes to be able to hear what is going on, please don’t worry if your young child is making some noise, we do understand.  Bringing some quiet toys and books or using our children’s area can help keep young children occupied.

Once every month we have a Family Mass instead of Parish Mass at 9.30am. The dates are announced on our Social Media accounts and our website.  There is no Sunday School during Family Mass as we all join together in church. The hymns are modern and the sermon is aimed at children and young people. The children take part in the Readings, Prayers and Offertory Procession.

We take Safeguarding very seriously at S. Hilda's.  Please see our separate Safeguarding page for further details.