Children & Young People

Sunday School | Friends & Family Service | Mini Minors Toddler Group
Messy Church | Durham Youth for Christ

Sunday School


Sunday School is held during the Sunday morning 10.45am service, except on the last Sunday of the month when it is our Friends and Family Service.




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Friends and Family Service

marys nativity10.45 on the Last Sunday of the month
And some special other days – keep watching out!

This is our special service not just for children and young people but for every member of our community – all our friends and families. It is slightly shorter and more informal service than usual, but still giving us all a chance to listen to the Bible, to respond , to pray and to worship God.


Mini Minors Toddler Group

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Mini Minors is held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30 – 12.00
Toddlers, babies, parents and carers are welcome. We have toys and games, singing, crafts and refreshments.



Messy Church


Messy Church is held on the first Tuesday of the month (unless the schools are on holiday) from 3:30 – 5:30pm. It is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity (eg decorating biscuits, model making), celebration (eg Bible stories & singing) and hospitality (a delicious tea). Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. As the name suggests, it is messy but being messy also means that it is a lot of fun! Hope that you can join us at our next Messy Church!


Durham Youth for Christ

St Mary’s works in partnership with  Durham Youth for Christ (DYFC). We have a team of volunteers who work with East Durham City Youth scheme and Durham Youth for Christ who go out in Sherburn village most Monday and Thursday evenings. We meet with young people who are gathered with their friends and share conversations and activities. We wear ID badges so the young people know who we are and where we’re from.

DYFC have a strong emphasis on the innate dignity of every young person as made and loved by God. We want to help them be agents of social and spiritual transformation. We affirm that only working in partnership can achieve this. We understand the need to listen to young people and meet them where they’re at so that they encounter God in appropriate ways.

Find out more about DYFC:
Durham YFC, St Giles Church, Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1QH
Tel: 07912 568911
Facebook: DurhamYFC
Twitter: @YFCDurham