Welcome to the Children and Young People’s page!
We are currently making changes and updating our site and hope to have a new look with you soon.
Below are the links to our online recordings and activities that will be put up each week over the Summer holidays…we hope that you enjoy them and do please send us any feedback / pictures of things you have made or ideas you have – we would be delighted to hear from you.
God Bless, Jackie and Julie
The story of The Good Shepherd read by Julie Smith
The Good Shepherd Prayer read by Julie Smith
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.
Our Children & Families' Worker
Hello, I am Jackie, the children and families’ worker at St Mary’s Barnes.
Having joined the team in February 2020, it has been wonderful getting to know the whole church community, especially the children who bring such energy and inspired thinking about their faith.
At St Mary’s we warmly welcome children of all ages and their families to our church family. There is so much on offer, ranging from a Toddler Group to a Sunday Club, from All Together Services to special events (as well as much more!). We want to ensure that children and their families are a fundamental part of our worship and at the heart of our church.
Our aim is to nurture, encourage exploration of, and provide enrichment of, Christian faith through our services and groups, which are specifically designed for these ages. Within my role, I am able to work both within the church as well as within the local area offering outreach where opportunity presents.
I work particularly closely with Julie, our youth worker, to ensure that we can support children on their journey of faith from the very early years, right through to adulthood.
If you would like to know more about our work with children and families, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please do email: [email protected] or alternatively contact me via the church office.
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.