St Michael’s Youth Church

Our Church Garden Nativity scene

Including two wise men and one wise woman (leading from the front)!


We are glad to announce that Youth Church is back.

Sessions have been taking place during the 9.30am service this autumn, upstairs in the Michael Room in the Parish Hall.
All young people 11 years and over are welcome.
We are grateful to have Julia from ‘Best4learning’ coming to lead the sessions – explaining the habits and tools for mental and spiritual wellbeing.
These sessions seek to cultivate important social and emotional skills in the children and have been very well received in the past.
We started with a general introductory session with a more in-depth programme.
The dates for the Youth Church this term are as follows:
18th October 2020
15th November 2020

29th November 2020
13th December 2020
Please be assured that all the necessary measures will be taken to make the space COVID secure.
Children will be required to use hand sanitiser on the way in and out and will be spaced apart around the table.
In addition, there will be no activities that require the children to be in close contact with each other.

Our SMAAA Youth Church aims to challenge and engage our older children (post-confirmation/primary school leavers +) with projects such as designing and creating an Easter Garden in the church grounds. See below. We give our Youth Church standalone projects and topics to discuss and implement, hoping to encourage questions and debate about their faith and the world around them. If you’d like to join, or learn more, please contact Fr Thomas or Christina Whiteway in church or via the Parish Office.

The Easter Garden

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One Easter, the Youth Group took on the “Easter Garden Challenge”, designing and building a wonderful display in the church’s front garden, with the help of Fr Edward, Christina Whiteway and other Youth Church leaders. Having produced some wonderful designs on paper, we met up on Holy Saturday and created our interpretation of Golgotha and Jesus’ tomb in the grounds of  St Michael and All Angels. The tomb was closed until 5am on Easter morning when the covering boulder was rolled away showing it to be empty. At the end of our Easter mass we processed our figure of Jesus through the church and outside to stand over the tomb.  Photos by Bud Murryweather and Christina Whiteway.

Below: On Ascension Day, the Easter Garden was transformed!
Eastertide – Crucifixion – Resurrection – Ascension
The Youth Group celebrating Ascension Day. Photos by Christina Whiteway