St Michael’s has a full programme of services and activities for children and young people. A Family Service is usually held on the first Sunday of the month except in March (when it takes place on Mothering Sunday). The singing is led by The Choristers (except in January, August and September), the sermon is aimed at young people (often illustrated with cartoons by Sarah Lenton), and the lessons and prayers are read by children. On other Sundays there is a Creche and Children’s Church. We also hold Confirmation classes for older children. Our Curate Father Edward Barlow has a special responsibility for children’s worship.
Christina Whiteway, Children's Church leader
I have been a member of St Michael’s since I moved to Shepherd’s Bush with my husband, heavily pregnant, in 2001. After Finlay and, later, Oli were born I took my turn helping in the creche and then joined the Children’s Church team. A few years’ later I was approached to take over the co-ordination of the Children’s Church and help co-ordinate the Children’s Ministry and I’ve been doing it ever since. I said I would keep doing it ’til i got it right’…and I’m still here! I have a fantastic team of helpers who generously give their time two or three Sunday’s a term to take part in the Children’s Church sessions. They do a great job – we know this because we have such a consistent gaggle of children that keep coming back.
I love the Children’s Ministry and the refreshing take on our faith that children give us…intentionally or not! My favourite Children’s Church events are the crib service and the special little services Father Kevin and Sarah give for the children on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Ascension Day. My ‘day job’, for want of a better word, has changed recently. After taking quite a few years out to raise my family (and hold down an sensible part-time job) I have returned to professional acting and am muddling my way through making a go of it. St Michael’s had a part in this too as it was at the Bedford Park Festival in 2014 that I was cast in my first professional engagement in over 10 years – Under Milk Wood!
Jane McCabe, Church Safeguarding Officer
I’m Church Safeguarding Officer and a member of the Children’s Church Team. I have been attending St Michael & All Angels regularly for 7 years. I have lived in Chiswick for the past 29 years and have two children, Nick (21) just finishing his final year at university and Jessy (17) in her final year at school. In my ‘day job ‘ I am an educator, experienced in working with SEN children in a mainstream school setting. I have worked in my current school for 11 years. I love going to the theatre, concerts and supporting my local community.