At St Mary’s we want the children to know how special and valued they are. We believe that each child matters and is precious and important to God. We have a number of activities on Sunday and during the week and in all our children’s groups, our leaders and volunteers are DBS checked and have undergone safeguarding training.

Children on Sundays:

Jesus and Me (JAM) Children’s Church

From the lips of children and infants, you Lord have called forth your praise‘.

We want to have lots of fun in our JAM Kids programme.  It is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10am, during Parish Communion.  We have the ‘Mini Jams’ for toddlers and preschool children, and ‘Jam Packed’ for our primary aged children, up to age 9.  Together we will be exploring Bible stories and the Christian faith through games, drama, songs, crafts and much more. Feel free to join us.

In our children’s Jam programme we want to encourage the children to be deeply rooted in the truth of God’s love for them.
To find out about Father God and discover God’s messages to them in his word.
To know that God wants to be involved in every part of their lives.
To know what a personal relationship with God is through Jesus.
To have fun, make friends, and be supported and encouraged in their faith.

For further details, contact  stmarychildren2@gmail.com

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Family Service, is normally on the 2nd Sunday of the month, when children of all ages are invited to join in various craft activities from 9.45am onwards; the results are then used in the service, which starts at 10.15am.  You are, of course, welcome beforehand to watch these creations emerge! The service is followed by time for refreshments and a chat and Holy Communion at 11.15am.

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The Junior Choir meets on Friday evenings at 7.15 pm and sings a wide range of music from contemporary songs to traditional choral music. They sing on their own at the Family Service on the second Sunday of each month. Several of them also sing with the adult choir on other Sundays. They are often involved in extra events such as carol services, weddings and tours.
A few juniors choose to work towards choral singing exams run by the Royal School of Church Music. All juniors gain experience in performing music, developing their confidence in singing and learning to read music.
It is recommended that children are at least of school age to join the junior choir. The youngest members may benefit from having a parent or older sibling to help them in the early stages. The main junior rehearsal is quite short – just over half an hour – and is followed by a well-deserved biscuit break! Older juniors often stay a further half an hour to sing with the adult choir.

For further details, contact Judith Ward, Director of Music domwallingfordchoir@gmail.com

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The Music Group plays at the Family Service at 10.15 am, on the second Sunday of each month, meeting beforehand for a short rehearsal at 9 am, which allows time for children to take part in craft activities from 9.45am. The group, which is comprised of both adult and junior members, accompanies the hymns, and plays a short piece of music at the end of the service connected with the theme for that month, (for example in March 2019 when the theme was ‘Air and Wind’ the musicians played ‘Come Fly a Kite’ from Mary Poppins).
Young people from eleven or twelve years of age (year 7) upwards, who play an orchestral instrument and have reached about grade 3 standard are very welcome to join the music group.
For further details, contact Jane Ely janeeely@googlemail.com

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Children in the Week

Baby singing  is held on Wednesdays in school term time. Baby Singing sessions start from 9:30 (but feel free to come in or out at any time). We are aimed at the younger baby and we are free!

Tiny toes Our toddler group runs on Wednesdays 10:00am – 11:15am with toys and crafts, drinks and biscuits (£1 per family).   This is a place for young children with their parents or carers to come and meet with others. At Tiny Toes we play, sing together, hear stories and enjoy eating our snacks together in a relaxed, creative and happy environment.