Nurturing Children

Children and families are very welcome at St Luke's. We aim to encourage children in their spiritual development and parents in the role they can play to support them. 


We have decided to take this opportunity of having to interrupt our routines to think about how we reshape the future of ministries to children and young people here at St Luke's.  We have put together a survey which will only take a few minutes of your time but would help us immensely as we try to make our church a place of welcome for the whole family and a place where your children can grow in the values and beliefs you consider important.  Please click for the survey link here

In the meantime here in summary are the services and activities which St Luke's offers for children and their parents:


Click here for more about baptisms at St Luke's.

Tales, Pray & Play (currently in church on the first Wednesday of the month in June, July, August and September)

A very informal gathering every Wednesday at 09.30am designed to allow parents and carers of pre-school children to get together in church to hear bible stories, sing, play and to talk. Toddlers and babies have toys to play with and there is no requirement for them to be quiet! Coffee, tea and cake available. You can double check it's happening by looking at our Events Calendar.

Drop In Playgroup (currently on hold)

These groups are sponsored by the church and take place in the Community Hall every Thursday in term time. The playgroup is for pre-school children with parents staying throughout. Click here for more details.

Family Service  (back in church and on zoom)

Every Sunday at 09:00am this service is particularly suitable for families with young children, lasting about 40 minutes.  There will be refreshments and time to meet other families afterwards once current restrictions are lifted.

Junior Church (currently suspended due to the pandemic)

Every Sunday (except the third Sunday of the month) during the 10:00am Parish Eucharist. Children join the service at the beginning and end. Following the opening hymn and a prayer, children aged 7 and over may leave to join an age appropriate group.  These groups are held in the Community Hall.  They come back to join the congregation in time for Holy Communion.

Children under 7 are able to join 'Sparklers', which is held in the Lower Vestry, within the church itself.  Parents can stay with little ones if they wish and it is possible to hear the service.

For the very small there are some toys at the back of church.

Junior Choir (currently suspended)

Our large junior choir involves children between 8 and 14 years of age coached by Jordan Theis our Junior Choir Director. They sing with the adult choir at the 10:00 Parish Eucharist every Sunday morning and greatly enhance our worship by singing at special services. Click here for more details.

Jesus said, 
'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belong' 
Matthew 19: 14