Sunday Groups

Sunday Groups

Our weekly children’s ministry is on Sunday at 10.30am. We are blessed to have a thriving children’s ministry with 160 children on our roll. Our community of children is called TIDE, and when they leave the service to go into different rooms for their groups, it does feel like the tide going out! During term time, the following groups operate at our 10.30 service:

Babies and toddlers are welcome to stay in the service or there is a supervised crèche off the Community Room.


Creche – babies and toddlers up to age 3


We are blessed with many children at our 10.30am
service so have a range of groups divided into ages as follows:

Age: From age 3 – Reception children
Where: Loft Room l  Leader: Jo Thornton & Sarah Emsley

Age: Years 1 & 2 children
Where: Upper Room l  Leader: Hilary Whiteley

Age: Years 3,4 and 5 children
Where: North Room l  Leader: Rachel Tunnicliffe


Age: Years 6,7 and 8 young people 
Where: Rose Room l  Leader: Natalie Jones


Click here to find out more about our fantastic youth ministry

You can find out more about the programme each group follows by talking to the group leader or the 10.30am group co-ordinator.

Our vision is –

To let children know they are loved by God and are precious to Him;To let them know that Jesus offers each one of them a friendship like no other;To help them build relationships and community with their age group peers, with other children and young people, and with their leaders;To help them play their part in the whole Church family where together we are a family of servants on mission. 

Why children and water?

The imagery of water is used a lot in the Bible and Jesus says that whoever believes in Him, streams of life giving water will pour out from their heart. He says, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink” (John 7). By naming our groups in this way we want to encourage every child who comes to St Mark’s that they are part of God’s big family, loved by Him and empowered by His Spirit to play a role in helping to build His kingdom. 

Here are three reasons why water is wonderful…

Water – it gives us life! We need water every day to keep us alive, we drink it from the tap, from a bottle, and it refreshes us. Just like water, Jesus also gives us life and everything we need every day. We can talk to Him and trust that he will always love us, forgive us and guide us. 
Water – it moves! The tide is dynamic: ripples, streams, waves and oceans all move and have an effect on what’s around them. Our living faith is dynamic too. As disciples of all ages, we too have been given a mission by God to love one another, help others and tell people about him.
Water – it washes us clean! We are all imperfect and get things wrong, but Jesus always forgives us and gives us a fresh start. As part of God’s big family we learn together how Jesus guides us through difficult times and how we can help, support and forgive each other. 


For more information contact:
Rachel Tunnicliffe – 10.30am group co-ordinator
Dan Watts – Associate Minister

We encourage you to meet our leaders who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please speak to one of our 10.30am welcomers before the service who will be happy to introduce you to one of the children and young people’s team leaders.