Babies & Toddlers
During our Sunday services we have a family space in the church with sofas and toys. At our 11am services, there is also a creche during term time with a friendly helper on hand to settle your little one in and for children age 3 and above there are Sunday School groups most weeks.
In the week we run two Bethany Babes groups for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers.
What happens at Bethany Babes?
At each group a range of activities are provided for children from birth to school-age. We have a baby area with toys and plenty of space for floor play, the older children have lots of choice with the train set, bikes, sit and rides, play dough, play kitchens, and puzzles and books and a selection of other toys.
Part way through the session the children stop for a drink and biscuit (with allergy friendly options) and then there is a craft activity. In the final part of the session we move through to a separate room, free of toys, for a song time.
Where and when does Bethany Babes meet?
Our two separate groups: Tuesday 10.00–11.30am; Wednesday 10.00–11.30am. Our Tuesday Group is currently full and we have a waiting list for places. They are all held at St Mary of Bethany Church, Mount Hermon Road, during term time.
Who is in charge?
Bethany Babes is run by members of St Mary's together with Tina Thomas
our Young Families Minister at St Mary of Bethany who is employed especially to work with families and young children. Our team are always on hand to make you welcome and offer assistance when you need it.
What is expected of parents?
Bethany Babes is a social activity for parents as well as children. We ask that parents remain responsible for their children’s safety at all times.
How much does it cost?
To meet running costs and to maintain the quality of our equipment we currently ask for a £1.50 contribution per family for the session.
How do I enrol?
We currently have a waiting list for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, priority for places is always given to those living in our Parish and immediate surrounding area. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact us with your name, address and ages of your children, stating your preferred day. Contact Tina Thomas by email giving your address, a contact number and the age of your Child/Children. firstname.lastname@example.org