Family Service

family-service11:30am, All-Age Eucharist every Sunday.


At St John in the Wilderness we make the inclusion of children a very high priority because not only are they ‘the Church of tomorrow’ - they are members of the Church today, and deserve to be placed at the heart of our life and worship. They are our teachers, as much as we are theirs!

Children and families are welcome at all events and services, however the 11.30 am Family Service has been evolved especially to reflect and cater for the needs of families with young children. The services are themed, reflecting the Church’s liturgical year, with appropriate extension activities in the form of colouring/work sheets to take away. Musical instruments are provided for children to enable them to participate during the hymns. ‘Show-and-tell’-style talks, stories and plays are used for teaching. ‘Dressing-up Services’ are a regular feature, with everyone attending encouraged to come in fancy dress (e.g. a ‘pirate service’ on the theme of ‘treasure in heaven’)! It is our conviction that fun and laughter are essential ingredients in our worship together – after all, the Christian Gospel is supposed to be Good News!

The service lasts approx. 40 – 45 minutes, after which refreshments are available in the Meeting Room at the back of church. (There is a toilet in church, equipped with potty and baby-change unit).

During the course of the year a range of activities for children and families also take place, as well as occasional joint-services with the 9.30 am congregation.



A more informal celebration of the eucharist, fully inclusive of children.



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