Sundays

For the 0-3's there is a play area in church during the 10.30am service and play-bags are also available for those sitting in pews. Toilet and nappy-changing facilities are available in the North entrance to the church and in the Church Centre.

Junior Church for 3 - 7 year old's meets in church at 10.30am. During the first hymn we gather behind our banner and process to the Church Centre, where we have Christian teaching, Bible stories, games, songs and craft. We return to the main service in time for Communion.

Quest  Older children (from roughly age 7 (school year 3) and upwards) stay in Church until the end of the Gospel and then make their way to the Church Centre Lounge upstairs to explore the readings or theme of the day through activities and discussion, also returning to the main service in time for communion. This group is called Quest, as this is the name for the younger choristers, many of whom fall into this age bracket.

During term time we meet in different age groups, and during the school holidays we gather as one group for a holiday project.

We see Junior Church and Quest as the Ministry of the Word for children. We follow the Church year, and the lectionary readings from the Bible, although we also enjoy spending time working on special projects, and at certain times of the year Junior Church and Quest take a more active role in the service.
If you have any queries contact Sue on 01235 550497 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holy Ground is the name for the two discussion groups for older children which meet occasionally at 9.15 on the first Sunday of the month (at the same time as the Adults' Faith Forum). Nazareth - growing in grace, is for ages 11-14 and Galilee - walking with Jesus, is for ages 15-18.  For more details please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

St Helen's Baby and Toddler Group
The Baby and Toddler Group meet in the Church Centre on Monday mornings in term time. There are two sessions; 9.30 -10.45 and 11.00 - 12.15. In each session we have toys for the children and coffee for the adults and we finish with twenty minutes of music and singing. The cost is £1.00 per session, but we aim to give half our income to charity and have donated over £2000 in the last few years.  We may have a waiting list but please come and join a session, and decide if you would like to join or wait for a space. We meet in term time only.

We occasionally hold weekend events which are free and open to everyone. The Baby and Toddler group also host their Christmas Nativity with everybody joining in, including the donkey.

Term dates, more details and photos at www.facebook.com/StHelensToddlers 


Come along or contact Rachel for details.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01235 521039


 

Choristers
For children from about 8 years old there is the opportunity to sing in the choir. Junior choristers practice on Friday evenings.
If you are interested please contact the Director of Music on 07889 131372.

Q U E S T
the club for the junior members of the Choir of St Helen’s Church, Abingdon
Who may join?
Any young person aged 8 and above with an interest in singing

What does Quest offer?

  • Membership of the team providing the musical leadership for Church worship
  • Vocal and musical training to maintain the high standards expected
  • Occasional social events and outings
  • Opportunity to participate in special musical events
  • Occasional choir tours to Abingdon twin towns in Europe 

When does Quest meet ?
Fridays
18.00  Practice to prepare for Sunday services
18.30  Break for refreshments
18.45  Full choir practice – finish 19.15
Sundays  
10.00 Warm-up for 10.30 service (end 11.30 approx)

What is expected of members?

  • Regular attendance at Quest practices and services

In return for

  • pocket-money payments based on attendance, quality of work and experience
  • choir vestments (supplied foc) 
  • enrolment ceremony at a church service after probationary period
  • training for the RSCM chorister training scheme

What does Quest membership cost?

Nothing, although contributions towards refreshments and other expenses are invited from time to time; parents may be asked to join a rota for supervision and refreshments.

Further information and membership applications are available from Christopher Fletcher-Campbell (Director of Music) in church after Sunday service or Friday choir practice or phone 01865 326134 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or speak to any member of the Choir.

 


 

Young Bell ringers

Young people from about 11 years are welcome to join us at the Learners' practices, on Fridays, after school and early evening in St Helen's tower. St Helen's has a newly hung set of bells that can be rung silently so as not to disturb the neighbourhood! Please see the Abingdon Society of Bellringers website for further details.


 

St Helen's hosts a brownie pack, and the 10th Abingdon Beavers and Cubs on weekday evenings in term time.

Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details 

The aim of our ministry is to establish and nurture each person as a member of God’s Family:

By providing a safe environment where children and young people are welcomed, valued, listened to, and respected.

By developing safe, wise, and quality work with children and young people.

By developing worship in which children and young people can feel comfortable and take part.

By being committed to the welfare and safety of all children and young people.

By working with families to provide a framework through which children and young people can progress from birth to maturity.

By supporting and resourcing those who work with children and young people in our church and on our behalf.