Confirmation 2021 with The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Sarah Mullally.
Jesus said: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (St Matthew 19:14)
At St Marylebone Parish Church we take these words from the Gospel of Saint Matthew very seriously. Young Church exists to encourage and nurture children, young people and families in their Christian faith. All are welcome and we aim to offer a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which to explore our faith and grow together as Christians. Young Church is blessed with a team of dedicated leaders who bring with them a wide range of different backgrounds and experiences. All parent leaders are DBS checked and trained for their ministry with us.
We use the ample crypt facilities and teaching rooms for our worship and activities. The parish church has a strong relationship with St Marylebone CE School, and we also use their facilities if additional space is required.
Our teaching and activities are put together by the Families Ministry Lead, inspired by the liturgical or Church year.
Not sure where to start?
For further information on the current activities of Young Church, as well as details on attendance for school admissions, please see the Young Church webpage under the “Worship” heading.
You can also contact Matthew Butler, the Families Ministry Lead:
What happens on Sunday morning?
On arrival for both the 8.30am Holy Communion and the 11am Choral Eucharist services, children and young people are greeted, and new families are welcomed. Attendance is taken on the door through a rota of parent helpers signed up to be sidesmen. If you are new to the parish church, please say hello after the service and ask for a digital Young Church Registration pack.
We worship with the congregation until after the Collect, when children and young people are invited to go to a designated space (either the Browning Room, Crypt Hall, or outdoor/indoor space at St Marylebone CE School) for a time of communal worship based on the theme of the day.
The activities are informal and a chance for children to share ideas, experiences and to interact and play together. After their session, Young Church then joins the congregation for Communion or a Blessing and remains in the church for the final part of the Eucharist. Refreshments are available immediately after the service.
Parents with Babies
Parents with babies are welcome to use the Browning Room at the back of the church where the service is relayed. Please note that during the Changing Lives restoration work to the parish church in 2021-2022, baby-changing facilities are not available.
Baptisms are held regularly during the 11am Choral Eucharist. Please contact the Rector's PA to make an appointment:
We have a Confirmation Service every year. Classes are held during the 11am Choral Eucharist in the weeks leading up to Confirmation.
Our Junior Choir welcomes all children of primary and secondary school age. No auditions, just come along and sing! There are opportunities to take part in special annual services in the parish church at Harvest, Christmas, and Easter.
Updated August 2021