Children and Young People

All those who work with children and young people at St Leonard’s have been recruited following our safeguarding policy and procedures.

0-3 years

Toddler Church, Mondays during term time

Toddler Church meets in the church from 10.30-11.30 am on Mondays during the school term.

It is especially designed for babies and pre-school children.

We start with a short service which includes songs with actions and musical instruments for the children to play. A short bible story is told, often using dolls and other toys to illustrate it, followed by a prayer time. The service lasts about 20 minutes.

After the service there is a time for free play in the church with suitable toys, including some borrowed from the toy library. While the children are playing together there is a chance for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat for parents/carers.

Crèche, Sundays during the 10am Service

You are welcome to keep your children with you throughout the service. We do have a crèche should you prefer, except for the 1st Sunday in the month when we have Celebrate Together.

We begin our worship all together. During the Gloria the older children process out of church to their group in the Chapel of Unity at the back of the church. Babies and toddlers aged 0 to 3 join the procession with their parents, and will be met in the entrance area by one of the crèche helpers and accompanied to the crèche.

Parents can also bring babies and young children into the crèche at any time during the service. There is a register to sign, a name label, and we like to know roughly where the parents are sitting in case they are needed.

For more information about the creche contact Nici Yarlett.


4-11 years

Children’s Church, Sundays during the 10am Service in term time

Children’s Church, for children aged 4 to 11, is held in the Chapel of Unity during the Sunday morning Parish Eucharist. The children process out of the service during the Gloria and rejoin the congregation at the Peace.

There is a team of leaders who take it in turns to lead the children in an age-appropriate activity based on the readings for that Sunday. The resources we use at St Leonard’s are taken from the ROOTS worship and learning resources, which means that the whole church family are sharing together in scripture through the seasons.

Children’s Church Co-ordinator: Julia Dare

Children and Young People

Open the Book

The Open the Book project is a national initiative which equips teams to visit primary schools and share Bible stories through Drama. At St Leonard’s we have an enthusiastic Open the Book team which regularly visits St Leonard’s School, bringing the Bible to life for the younger years. Our Open the Book team also performs at special services at church throughout the year.

Open the Book

First Communion

At St Leonard’s we prepare children to receive their First Communion at around the age of 7. Classes are held on Saturday mornings during Lent and the children are admitted to Communion on Easter Day. If you would like your child to join the next group, please contact the Rector.

We also prepare children and adults for Confirmation.

First Communion

Older Children and Youth

Serving at the Sunday 10am Service

As children grow they often express an interest in serving at St Leonard’s, and we are delighted to train them to do so.

Our head server, Gill Tomlinson, spends time with each child encouraging them and guiding them through the service. There is no perfect age to become a server but 10+ is generally a good age to start. If your child is interested in serving please contact Gill Tomlinson.

We also prepare children and adults for Confirmation.

Taizé, Second Sundays of the month

Young people take an active part in our monthly Taizé Services, often reading or playing their instruments.

We gather in the church to practise the songs at 5.15pm, break for refreshments at 6pm, and the service begins at 6.30pm.

Guides and Brownies

St Leonard’s Guides and Brownies cater for girls from the age of 6 upwards.

We enjoy termly Parade services at Harvest Festival, Mothering Sunday and Pentecost at St Leonard’s. There are weekly meetings during term time, in St Leonard’s church hall, providing a fun and stimulating environment for all who attend.

  • Guides: Wednesdays 6.45-8.15pm
  • Senior Section: Thursdays 7.45-9.15pm
  • Brownies: Mondays 6-7.30pm

All new members must register to join via the Girl Guiding website.