We hope the following questions are helpful however if you think of anything not covered please do not hesitate to ask one of the leaders or helpers.
How long is Sunday School?
Approximately 1 hour but it depends on the length of the church service.
Do I have to stay with my child?
In our experience we find that children are just fine left to get on with it which is great as that leaves you free to worship and enjoy church. Some of the younger children might be unsure about being left to begin but with as with nursery and school once they get used to it, chances are they’ll be just fine. If for any reason your child doesn’t settle, the leaders will come and find you as after all you’re only a few steps away.
When do I collect my child?
9.15am and 11.00am – Please collect and sign out your child from the hall during the final hymn of the service.
St John’s – The children will either come back into Church for the final part of the worship or you’ll find them in St John’s Room waiting for you.
How many children are in each group?
Our groups vary from 5 to 20 children in each. We follow the Diocesan advice which suggests an 8:1 ratio. Each group must have at least two leaders at all times. If there are too many children in a group at St Mary’s, we will re distribute them accordingly dependent on age so they are still doing activities with children and leaders they know and that they will enjoy.
Who are the leaders?
We’re very lucky to have a wonderful team of volunteers headed up by Mandy our Children and Youth Minister. Some have been working in the Sunday School for many years and attend every week but most are parents of the current Sunday School children and are on a monthly rota. All the leaders and helpers at St Mary’s are identifiable by their blue t-shirts. St John’s is much smaller however you can identify the leaders as they will be wearing lanyards.
How can I get involved?
We always need more helpers. It’s preferable that you help in a different group to the one your child is in if you attend St Mary’s – but you must decide that for yourself. If you would like to join our team just have a word with one of the leaders or helpers and they can introduce you to Mandy. Alternatively take a look here.
Is Sunday School on every week?
We meet every Sunday during term time at 9.15am and 11.00am except for the 1st Sunday where we have an All-Age service in Church at 9.15am.
We also meet every Sunday during term time except for the 2nd Sunday where we have an All-Age service in Church.
For exact dates you can check the calendar on the website.
There is no Sunday School on Easter Day, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
What do the children do?
All the groups except Sparks follow the same syllabus which they study at the appropriate level. Sparks use ‘Godly Play’ which has its own syllabus. Godly Play is based on the Montessori approach. Sparks is generally run each week by Carol and follows a set format, which includes a story, songs, prayers and time for creative expression; please do ask her for more details.
Do I have to pay for Sunday School?
No however we very much appreciate a small donation to help us cover the cost of stationary, art materials etc. You can find out more about Giving here or you can speak with Jonny, Cathy, a Church Warden or one of the staff team.
If you would like any further information don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mandy firstname.lastname@example.org