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Growing in faith through life and love, fun and friendship


What is Searchers?

Searchers is our younger children's group at St Mary's for children aged 3-8.

When does it meet?

It meets on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sunday of the month in the church hall from 10:50am. The children stay with us in Junior Church until re-joining the main service for Communion.

Who runs it?

The children's work at St Mary's is headed by Claire Kilby.

Each week Searchers is run by a team of 3 adults who are all committed Christians and CRB checked through the diocese. The teams work on a monthly rota.

Do all the children work together?

During Searchers the children stay together in the same room. However, within the session the children have the opportunity to work as a whole group, in small groups or individually with an adult.

Sponsored Child

As a group, we have taken on sponsorship of Kato Junior, a 7 year old boy in Hoima, Uganda, as part of our Church partnership with that region.

We hope this will help the children understand more about their privileges and the concept of Christian giving.

What activities are there for the children?

Searchers activities include a combination of:

  • Free play on arrival
  • Worship
  • Story time / DVD
  • Group time
  • Craft time
  • Game time
  • Snack
  • Prayer time

On occasions we provide the children with a take home sheet summarising a few key points from the learning that week for you to chat through what they have learnt and help reinforce it.

Don't worry if this gets lost on the way home. We publish a copy of each sheet on the Children & Youth home page.

Photo of Searchers children receiving rewards for attendance

Children from Searchers receiving their rewards for attendance

How are children rewarded?

We'd love to have your children join us as often as you can make it so that they can gain from the continuity of the themes we cover. Prizes are awarded to children for regular attendance when they reach various milestones e.g. for attending 25 Sundays.


To find out more, please contact:

  • Claire Kilby

    01252 877637

Then Jesus put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this one on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me."
Mark 9:36-37