St Matthew's has a variety of groups for children and young people, on Sunday mornings and at other times during the week. For further details of any children's groups, please contact Kate Smith, the St. Matthew's Children and Families Worker, via the church office.
For further details of any youth groups (11+), please contact Naomi Shaw, the St Matthew's Youth Worker, via the church office.
Stop press - Jam and Juice re-opening!
Jam and Juice will be re-opening on Tuesday 4th May. Contact our children's worker Kate by email to book a place. For the moment we invite you to bring your own snacks and drinks. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
During Sunday Services (10.30 -11.45)
We aim to give children a deeper understanding of the great love of God and the message of the Bible through stories, games, discussions and activities. We also encourage the children to feel like part of a community of believers and to support and help each other as we spend time together.
Crèche: 0-4 years
Parents are free to stay with their children or go back into the service – mostly, the time in crèche is free play for the children, sometimes with a story and simple craft activity.
Fireflies: 5-7 years
The session usually involves a game, a Bible story and a chance to talk about what the story means, a drink and a biscuit and a craft activity.
Lanterns: 8-11 years
The session usually involves a game, a Bible story and a chance to discuss the story together, a drink and biscuit and a range of activities.
Ignite: 12+ years
This group of young people meets on Sunday mornings at St Matthew’s. It is a place for young people to hang out with friends, explore their Christian faith and apply their faith to real life, through fun and creative activities such as art, games and discussions.
Jam and Juice: 0-4 years
Every Tuesday from 10:00am – 11:30am. Drinks and snacks are served throughout. We have an optional story time and finish the group by singing together before we say goodbye.
Powerhouse: 5-11 years
Every Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. A varied range of activities in different rooms including a craft room, a games and Lego room and a sports room. For the first hour the children are free to do whatever they choose, followed by a tuck shop and a big group game. There are also special themed sessions.
Court Hill residential
This is an annual residential for children and young people to stay over at Court Hill, situated in Wantage. A chance to build relationships among the young people and leaders, have fun through a cross country walk, arts & crafts, time in the woods and wide games. It is also an opportunity to explore and reflect on our faith through a weekend theme.