Children and Families at the University Church

Babies, children, and families are an incredibly important part of our community at the University Church. Each week there is a crêche space available for parents to use with their children, in the Newman Room at the back of the Church, with easy access to toilet and baby changing facilities. Parents are welcome to use this space throughout the service, or as a respite space if a child gets restless. We want you to relax and feel very much at home at St Mary's.

We offer a range of learning opportunities for different age groups. In the context of the current pandemic, our range of activities is necessarily restricted but if you would like to find out more about our plans for the future, please contact the Vicar:

Children's Church (3-10)

On the first Sunday of each month, Children's Church runs alongside the main service. The children sit with their parents in church for the Sung Eucharist and during the singing of the Gloria or Kyrie, the Sunday School leaders gather with children and parents in the Newman Room at the back of Church. Each session begins with a simple liturgy, after which we discuss a theme, and often make something to take home, before rejoining the main service in time for Communion. Children's Church is aimed at children aged between 3 and 10. 

Youth Discussion Group (11-18)

On the third Sunday of each month (except major festivals), a Discussion Group meets for young people aged 11 to 18. We leave the main service at the Gloria or Kyrie, and meet in the Vaults Café for hot chocolate, and a topical discussion - no topic is off limits! We rejoin the main service in time for Communion. Older children are also invited to get involved in the main service each Sunday by stewarding or serving. Find out more by visiting the Youth Discussion Group page

If you have any questions, including about getting involved with the serving team, contact the Church office at