Carer & Toddler

Span Carer & Toddler Group meets at St Mary’s Church Hall, 10 – 12, every Wednesday (except the one between Christmas and New Year)

A suggested donation of £2.00 per family applies, which covers rent, craft materials and refreshments.

Our hall is small which means we are a very cosy group when it comes to singing, accompanied by Ellen on guitar. Fortunately, we are able to use the main body of the church for craft and more energetic activities. We offer painting every week, followed by a craft activity involving glue, clay, food or anything that is safe, fun and seasonal. We provide fresh fruit, biscuits, squash and hot drinks. Often, parents provide cake to celebrate a child’s birthday.

At 11.45 a.m. What’s in the Box?
Wednesday Worship for Diddy Disciples
We come together to listen to a Bible Story. But first we mark our presence by turning on a “candle” and placing it on the table by the cross and large candle. We welcome each other to our worship space, whilst sat on our special Diddy Disciples mat, with our opening prayer of welcome. Sometimes we have an opening song matched to the story.
We take the lid off the box to discover an object and wonder what the story can be. The story is taken out of the box and we listen to it. We can make sounds or do actions to accompany the story.
We then wonder what the story might mean.
We send round the group small holding crosses for a time of personal prayer for any who wish to do so. We finish by saying The Grace, with actions.
Finally the candles are turned off and placed back in the box to signify the end of our time of worship.
The emphasis is on encouraging each child to grow in their own spirituality and to share a time of worship, like Christians down the ages.
It is also a time for their adults to engage in worship too.

The group has existed over 35 years. Many of our current helpers once attended when their children were little. We hope we are able to provide a sympathetic ear or a helping hand.