Youth and children's ministry

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.


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 09:00am – 11:00am; no need to book. Drinks and snacks are served throughout. We have an optional story time and finish the group by singing together before we say goodbye.

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.