Children and youth

Growing new disciples and building the faith of our children and families

Churches working together to offer age-appropriate provision in worship and activities

Lots of cuddly teddy bears

We want to grow younger

Children and young people are under represented in our weekly Sunday worship and we are very aware of the need to encourage and support the faith of our younger people. As a Mission Community we aim to offer a range of opportunities for children, young people and families to meet Christians and also to engage with the Christian faith and worship.

Services for children and young people

Children are very welcome at all our Sunday services and many of our churches have toys and areas specifically set aside for children. While some services are more “grown-up” there are services across the Mission Community that are more suitable for younger ages or are more informal.

Photo of children singing a hymn at a family service

Groups for children and young people

There is something going on for children most days across the Mission Community catering for a range of ages.

Please note that not all the groups run during school holidays or on Bank Holidays so check the calendar below to confirm if a group is being run.

If you would like to become a volunteer for one of the groups please get in touch with the listed contact. Please note all volunteers are recruited by the safer recruitment process.

Age group 0 - 3

  • Tea, Toast and Toys

    We offer a friendly welcome, tea, coffee or milk, toast with marmalade, jam or Marmite and toys for the little ones (pre-schoolers and toddlers). All ages are welcome, with or without children. Come along for a chat, to meet friends or make new ones and to relax.

    • West Hill village hall

    • Friday (Term time only)

    • 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Ann Yates on 01404 813886

    Cups of tea with biscuits and cake
  • Toddler Group

    Fun and games for little ones to enjoy with refreshments for the grownups and snacks and drinks for the children.

    • West Hill village hall

    • Monday (Term time only)

    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    • Sue Ritchie on 01404 814811

    A toddler building a tower out of soft blocks
  • Tea and Toast

    Somewhere comfortable to start the week with a cuppa and a chat before you tackle what needs to be tackled. Drop in for tea & toast, and of course something delicious to spread on it! 
Ideal for young Mums, Dads or childminders (bring your toddlers) and those new to the village.

    • Newton Poppleford Church Hall

    • Monday (Term time only)

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Fiona Gunn on 01395 567077

    A cup of tea with toast, butter and jam
  • Tots’ Praise

    Come and meet Dog-in-a-Bag who helps lead our short service. We make a lot of noise with our instruments at singing time and we share the prayers we have on our hearts each week. A time of play and refreshments afterwards.

    • Ottery St Mary Church

    • Wednesday (Weekly)

    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    • Rev'd Lydia Cook on 07725046700

    Young children in church at the Tot's praise service
  • Tots’ Time

    Toys, action songs, refreshments: a time to make friends and build relationships.

    • Ottery St Mary Church

    • Monday (Term time only)

    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    • Rosie Hall on 07795835000

    A child smiling while drawing

Age group 4+

  • Tea and Toast

    Somewhere comfortable to start the week with a cuppa and a chat before you tackle what needs to be tackled. Drop in for tea & toast, and of course something delicious to spread on it! 
Ideal for young Mums, Dads or childminders (bring your toddlers) and those new to the village.

    • Newton Poppleford Church Hall

    • Monday (Term time only)

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Fiona Gunn on 01395 567077

    A cup of tea with toast, butter and jam
  • Messy Church

    This is an informal church for families. Its values are based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Together, we use hands-on crafts and activities to explore Bible stories. After the activities and a clergy-led talk, the children have tea whilst the adults enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • Newton Poppleford Church Hall

    • Monday (Last Monday of the month, term time only)

    • 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM

    • Rosemary Pavitt on 01404 871443

    A child holding up very painted hands
  • Messy Church

    This is an informal church for families. Its values are based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Together, we use hands-on crafts and activities to explore Bible stories. After the activities and a clergy-led talk, the children have tea whilst the adults enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    • West Hill Church Hall

    • Friday (3rd Friday of the month, term time only and not July)

    • 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM

    • Rev'd Mark Ward on 01404 814282

    A child holding up very painted hands
  • Bright Stars

    A choir for 4-7 year olds with lots of fun singing, a story or talk time, craft and more singing! Parents are encouraged to stay and support their children and join in the fun.

    • Ottery St Mary Church

    • Thursday (Term time only)

    • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    • Jane Bennet on 07951862725

    The Bright Stars group at Ottery ST Mary church
  • Lighthouse

    A choir for 7-11 year olds involving learning good singing techniques, as well as a mixture of traditional and modern church music. Children are enabled to grow in confidence by helping lead some services in church through reading the Bible story, writing and leading prayers, and singing music too. Each session involves a circle time and refreshments. Parents are welcome to stay or drop their children off.

    • Ottery St Mary Church

    • Thursday (Term time only)

    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    • Jane Bennet on 07951862725

    A picture of the lighthouse junior choir in the choir stalls in Ottery St Mary church

Age group 11+

  • Chill Out

    A youth group for those in Year 6 and upwards with games, crafts or activities, teaching and food, usually chips!

    • Newton Poppleford Church Hall

    • Sunday (2nd Sunday of the month)

    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    • Rosemary Pavitt on 01395 871443

    Older children holding hands

Children and youth activities calendar

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9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
2
4:00 PM
Bright Stars
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Lighthouse
Ottery St Mary Church
3
8:45 AM
Tea, Toast and Toys
West Hill Village Hall
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5
9:15 AM
Storytime
Feniton Church
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8
9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
9
4:00 PM
Bright Stars
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Lighthouse
Ottery St Mary Church
10
8:45 AM
Tea, Toast and Toys
West Hill Village Hall
11
12
9:15 AM
All Ages
Payhembury Church
6:00 PM
Chill Out
Newton Poppleford Church Hall
13
9:00 AM
Toddler Group
West Hill Village Hall
9:00 AM
Tea and Toast
Newton Poppleford Church Hall
2:00 PM
Tots' Time
Ottery St Mary Church
14
15
9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
16
4:00 PM
Bright Stars
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Lighthouse
Ottery St Mary Church
17
8:45 AM
Tea, Toast and Toys
West Hill Village Hall
3:45 PM
Messy Church
West Hill Church Hall
18
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20
9:00 AM
Toddler Group
West Hill Village Hall
9:00 AM
Tea and Toast
Newton Poppleford Church Hall
2:00 PM
Tots' Time
Ottery St Mary Church
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22
9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
23
4:00 PM
Bright Stars
Ottery St Mary Church
5:00 PM
Lighthouse
Ottery St Mary Church
24
8:45 AM
Tea, Toast and Toys
West Hill Village Hall
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28
29
9:30 AM
Tots' Praise
Ottery St Mary Church
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Events on May 1st
Tots' Praise
1 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 2nd
Bright Stars
2 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
2 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 3rd
Tea, Toast and Toys
3 May 24
West Hill
Events on May 5th
Storytime
5 May 24
Feniton
Events on May 8th
Tots' Praise
8 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 9th
Bright Stars
9 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
9 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 10th
Tea, Toast and Toys
10 May 24
West Hill
Events on May 12th
All Ages
12 May 24
Payhembury
Chill Out
12 May 24
Newton Poppleford
Events on May 13th
Toddler Group
13 May 24
West Hill
Tea and Toast
13 May 24
Newton Poppleford
Tots' Time
13 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 15th
Tots' Praise
15 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 16th
Bright Stars
16 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
16 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 17th
Tea, Toast and Toys
17 May 24
West Hill
Messy Church
17 May 24
West Hill
Events on May 20th
Toddler Group
20 May 24
West Hill
Tea and Toast
20 May 24
Newton Poppleford
Tots' Time
20 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 22nd
Tots' Praise
22 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 23rd
Bright Stars
23 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Lighthouse
23 May 24
Ottery St. Mary
Events on May 24th
Tea, Toast and Toys
24 May 24
West Hill
Events on May 29th
Tots' Praise
29 May 24
Ottery St. Mary