Children and young people
Children and young people are valued and nurtured at St Mary’s and are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the church. They are fully involved in our worship, in singing, in serving at the altar, in reading scripture and leading prayers. We believe they are the Church of Today, not simply the Church of tomorrow.
The 10.00am Sunday mass is always a busy and lively experience at St Mary’s, usually with baptisms on the first Sunday each month. Children of all ages are welcome to be part of the service. A safe, carpeted play area in the church is available for parents with infants and toddlers. Feel free to move around the building during the service or pop out and come in again: we want everyone to feel relaxed and welcome in our worship.
Children from age 4 – 11 years are invited to attend our Children’s Church in the Crypt Room with worship, singing and fun activities.
Our Youth Church, 11 – 16 year olds, meets in the Sacristy for discussion based on the Gospel Reading followed by their own age-appropriate activities.
All children return to the main body of the church in time for Communion.
Children age 9 and over who regularly attend mass with their families are prepared for their First Communion each spring, and enjoy a trip to Southwark Cathedral to learn about the wider Church family. Confirmation is then offered for those aged 14 or over, receiving the Chrism of the Holy Spirit.
St Mary's Lewisham school
St Mary’s school serves our community by providing the highest quality of education and experiences so everyone can achieve their full potential. Faith is at the heart of our life together which celebrates our diversity. Christian values unite and guide our relationships based on respect, responsibility and forgiveness.
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