Activities for Children & Teens
Children of all ages are very welcome at St Mary’s. We welcome children to our 10am service and also to our monthly informal service and we have dedicated services for baptisms – check the calendar for dates.
During term time, at the 10.00 am service, children can join in with our three groups, Sunday Buzz, #Sundays and Café Church, run by DBS checked volunteers and a youth worker. This service is also relayed to the café area where there are toys and books for babies and toddlers. Parents can use this space, called The Retreat, at any time during the service.
Ages 3-8 years
Circle time, simple prayers and readings plus lots of games and activities that explore how we can follow Jesus’ teachings of kindness and compassion.
Ages 9-11 years
Asking questions, sharing thoughts and ideas on living like Jesus at home, at school, with our families, with our friends.
Ages 12+ years
Discussing what it means to be a Christian and a young citizen of today’s world. Challenging, inspiring and guiding each other.
Our informal service is at 11.45am. It’s a short service for families with young children and participation during the hymns and the sermon is encouraged!
BYG meets every other Sunday evening in Kitson Hall. Come with friends, make new friends! Food, sports, gospel, activities, music, crafts, movies.
See list of our future dates
Our Youth Worker
My name is Julie Smith and I am delighted to have recently taken on the role of Youth Worker at St Mary’s Barnes. Many of you will already know me as a familiar face about Barnes. My husband, Joel, and I live in the village and worship at St Mary’s with our three teenage children, Charis, Imogen and Caleb, who have all attended various local schools. If any of you are involved with Guiding in Barnes you may also recognise me as “Tawny Owl” and the Ranger leader.
I will be working closely with James and Jackie in relation to the babies, toddlers and primary aged children at church, but I am particularly excited to develop the provision for teens within our congregation. Covid19 has inevitably delayed our plans, but with lockdown gradually lifting we can finally start planning for the future. At St Mary’s we value everyone in the church family and are minded of the message found in 1Timothy 4:12 :
“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Things will inevitably have to be a little different in our new norm and we are looking forward to our youth helping where they can and playing an active part as we move forward. We hope they will have a real impact!
We will be starting up our Sunday evening youth club in the new term with a mixture of virtual zoom and socially distanced face to face meetings. If you would like to be involved, or know of anyone who might be interested, then you are encouraged to contact me on [email protected] or by leaving a message at church office.
Please watch this space for regular updates!
Best wishes, Julie.
Faith for Children & Teens
Baptisms normally take place once a month on Sunday at 11.30am, usually with two or more children. It is a full service with hymns, reading, address, prayers, as well as the baptism. To help prepare for a child’s baptism service, parents are invited to a a meeting beforehand. Read more about baptism at St Mary’s.
Each year between 12 and 18 children aged seven to eleven years take their First Communion, the majority being 7 to 9 years old.
To prepare children for admission to First Communion we run about six weekly sessions after school. Read more about First Communion at St Mary’s.
The Confirmation service gives the opportunity for adults and young people to become full members of the Church of England.
It is called Confirmation because in the service each candidate “confirms” for themselves the promises that were made on their behalf at their baptism.
St. Mary’s Barnes is committed to ensuring everyone can worship, learn and work in a safe environment.
View details, see who the Parish Safeguarding Officers are and link to the Diocese and other safeguarding sites.
St Mary's Barnes Scout Group
St. Mary Barnes Scout Group was founded in the early 1920s. The Group amalgamated with the Barn Elms Scout Group (which had already amalgamated some years earlier with the Holy Trinity Sea Scout Group) in the 1980s. It is now the only Scout Group in Barnes. The Group was once based at the Church Hall in Kitson Road, but following the amalgamation, they moved to their present HQ in Queen Elizabeth Walk.
St. Mary Barnes Scout Group is sponsored by St. Mary Barnes Church. It is not a “closed” Group and members of the Group are not expected to be members of the Church. However, all members of the Group are expected to attend Church Parades, unless they have a simultaneous commitment at another church, or, belong to a religious organisation, membership of which is incompatible with attendance at an Anglican Church.