Our aim is to help children and young people learn about Jesus
and the Bible in fun and interesting ways.
All are welcome, please come along, we would
love to meet you.
Young Church meets after the 09.30 family service
in the church building.
||Younger group – Nursery to primary 1
||Primary 2 to 4
||Primary 5 upwards
Visiting children are welcome to join our groups while they are
We currently we use the "Roots" magazine. The material is a
continuation of the sermon, what the children are hearing during the
service is followed up in the groups through a series of activities such
as art, craft, stories, drama, games and discussion.
The children have taken part in various events throughout the year.
Daffodil picking for Mother’s Day
Fairtrade banner project
Fairtrade baking stall
Jonah and the Whale - summer project
Martinmas fair - the children created reindeer dust and salt dough
Christmas arts and craft party
We look forward to many more projects throughout the coming year.
Having a whale of a time over the summer
Young people attending St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington have had a
whale of a time over summer recreating one of the Bible’s best-known
stories: Jonah and the Whale. Some of the many photographs taken
over the weeks can be seen to the right.
The Old Testament has been re-imagined in simple rhyme and each week the
children have heard an instalment of the story before undertaking craft
activities that bring it to life. A boat, sailors, sea birds, fish, a
beach and the town of Nineveh has taken-over the church’s south transept
- not to mention an enormous whale and Jonah himself!
St Mary’s has run a summer project for the past two years to try to
engage the children and keep their interest during the summer holidays
while the regular Young Church leaders have well deserved time off. The
projects have become progressively bigger, ambitious and impressive in
their scale and imagination.
The project has brought many of the Church’s groups together. A team of
dedicated young-at-heart volunteers led by Alex McKendry met on
Saturday mornings to design and built the large whale and dramatic
scenery, while the Church’s craft group have also contributed. Following
the 9.30am Sunday service, the children take over and add to the story.
Members of the congregation and visitors to St Mary’s have enjoyed
watching the story progress week by week.
Summer Project leader Janet Chrystal says: "We hope that at the end of
this project the children will have had fun, the congregation will have
been engaged with the project by bringing items for the beach and by
watching it grow week by week. It’s been great to be involved and help
our young people learn more about this important story which remains
The project concluded on Sunday 2 September when St Mary’s
9.30am family service will be dedicated to the story, including a
special song the children have learned.
Please see the church newsletter for future events.
Please let us know if you would like to get involved,
either to help on a regular basis, or occasionally with events.
New ideas/suggestions are always welcome.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at the church