Like our general services, our children's worship also varies through the month. Except during special Church seasons and during the school summer holiday, its pattern is:
Week 1: Sunday School
Week 2: First Steps family service
Week 3: Sunday School
Week 4: Family Eucharist
1st and 3rd Sundays, 10.30 am
Our Sunday School welcomes all children of infant or primary school age and meets on the first and third Sundays of the month.
The children leave very near the beginning of the service and return in time for communion. At the end of the service the children come up and tell the rest of the congregation what they have been doing and learning. Often, this reflects the readings being used in church.
For very young children who are not yet ready to try Sunday School, we have a special play area in church under the tower.
First Steps Family Service
2nd Sundays, 9.30 am
Children learn about the world by trying little tastes of new things - different foods; new games and fresh ideas. Our First Steps service is just the same: a perfect child-friendly serving of worship lasting just 20 minutes. It consists of two songs, a story and a prayer with lots of activity.
4th Sundays, 10.30 am
Our monthly Family Eucharist (fourth Sunday of the month) is shorter and less formal than our usual Sunday Eucharist, and Father James's sermon is often interactive. The choir wear their usual clothes rather than robes for this service, and are joined by members of St Mary’s Music, an all-age instrumental group.
Find out more about joining our choir as a junior chorister
Do you play an instrument? Find out more about our music group
Find out more about school visits to St Mary's
Many of our local primary schools explore St Mary's Church as part of their Religious Studies programme and enjoy our well worked-out guided visits, which are sensitive to the very varied interfaith nature of the Borough.
The visits explain major features of the church building, cover some stories in the Bible as they are illustrated in our stained glass (e.g. the Good Samaritan) and explain a little of our history. Visits can, of course, be tailored to particular requirements and interests. Please contact the Parish Office for details.
Church of England schools
There are a number of Church of England schools around Harrow Deanery and beyond, many of them attended by children at St Mary's. If you are interested in finding out more about them, chat to Father James or click the badge of each school to visit the schools' own websites.