Children's activities

Children are an important part of the St Mary’s family.  So as well as welcoming families with babies, toddlers and older children at Sunday morning services, we offer three regular activities designed specifically for children themselves.


'Explorers' is a club for children aged 7-11+ held at St. Mary's Church. We 'explore' Bible stories through games, puzzles, craft and storytelling.

It takes place weekly on Wednesdays in term time. The children arrive from 3.30 p.m. and finish at 4.30 p.m. with candle prayers around the altar. Explorers pride themselves on their kindness to each other and they are a happy band!

As this is straight from school for most of the children, we begin with some drinks and snacks. Please let Revd Susan know if your child has any special dietary requirements and she will see what can be done.

If you are interested and want further information, please contact Revd Susan Fellows (see below), or just turn up on the day!


JIGSAW @ Weston Turville

‘Jigsaw’ is Weston Turville’s annual Christian holiday club for children of primary school age. It takes place during the first full week of the summer holidays in Weston Turville School and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

The day begins with a drama presentation in the hall for everyone with singing, puppets and an episode of a play. This is followed by a break with refreshments, and then three sessions: Story Time (Bible story of the day), Craft, and Sport. We have a bouncy castle on three of the days. Lunch follows (children bring a packed lunch) and then it is back into the hall for a final puppet drama presentation, singing, jokes and a round up of the day.

As you can imagine, we need many adult and teenage helpers (appropriately checked through our safeguarding procedures). There is something for people of all age groups to do. There is a refreshment tent for helpers, management of the site, and then helpers for each activity to ensure the safety of the children.

The end result is an amazing and happy experience for everyone – adults and children alike. In fact there is nothing quite like Jigsaw! You need to experience it to find out.

Why ‘Jigsaw’? It is because we are all part of God’s ‘Jigsaw’, whoever we are and whatever age we are. We all fit together and have our own special place within the love of God.

For more information please contact Revd Susan Fellows on 01296 424982 or email


Open the Book

Open the Book is a Bible storytelling programme specially designed for use in primary schools. Since the autumn of 2013, a group of volunteers from St Mary’s have been going in to Weston Turville CE School to perform these ten-minute themed and dramatised stories in the midweek all-school assembly. It’s interactive, engaging and fun and has proved very popular with both pupils and staff. Every week children participate in the stories and are always very enthusiastic about taking part. Based mainly on the Lion Storyteller Bible, the story adaptations are lively and informative and provide plenty of opportunity for dressing up and prop making. 

We have two teams of adults who alternate on a fortnightly basis, taking it in turns to play the parts, to narrate and to lead the introduction, conclusion and time for reflection. The materials are organised around a three-year rolling programme with the aim that primary school children will get a chance to hear and take part in the most familiar and well-known stories from both the Old and New Testaments during their time at the school. It provides a wonderful mission opportunity for St Mary’s to strengthen the already strong relations that exist between the church and the school and, above all, it’s great fun. We always come out with a smile on our faces!

For more information, please contact Revd David Wales 01296 613212 or email