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Children & Youth

Here at St. Mary’s we value our children and young people and are passionate about helping them discover Jesus and learn to follow him and live like him.

Throughout the week we offer various opportunities for our children and young people to connect with God and one another.

For more info on our Youth and Children’s activities, contact kids@stmarysballybeen.com


Youth Club
Junior Youth Club – Fridays 6pm – 7.15pm (P3-P7)
Youth Club – Fridays 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Yr8+)

Sundays
After beginning our time together on a Sunday morning, our children and young people go out to their own specialised environments for worship:

Little Church – for preschool children
Kids’ Church – for primary school children
Youth Church – for secondary school young people

Uniformed Organisations

Boys’ Brigade
Monday evenings from 6.15pm – 8:45pm

For more information, contact: bb@stmarysballybeen.com

Girls’ Brigade
Tuesdays

Junior Explorers: 2.45pm – 4pm (2.5yrs – P1)
Senior Explorers: 5.45pm – 7.30pm (P2 – P4)
Junior Section: 6.15pm – 8.30pm (P5 – P7)
Senior Section: 7pm – 9pm (Yr8 – Yr10)
Brigader Section: 7.15pm – 9.30pm (Yr11 – Yr13)
For more information, contact: gb@stmarysballybeen.com

Women

Flourish is a community of women who ‘gather to grow’ in relationship with each other and with God, sharing our faith and our lives with one another.

We also ‘gather to go’ to share the hope and good news of Jesus Christ with those around us. All women are welcome to join us!

Women’s Fellowship meet once a month for chat and to enjoy hearing from a variety of speakers. Tea and coffee !

Men

Life is tough. Even harder when you’re trying to go it alone.

We think it’s essential for men to experience real community in a relaxed and fun way. But in the midst of it all, our greatest hope is that we’ll encounter the risen Christ and be changed, so that together we can become the men God has made us to be — agents of change and hope in our community and our world.

Through Band of Brothers we seek to do just that. Look out for opportunities to get involved!

Seniors

If you are ‘of an age’ and fancy meeting and spending time with others, come along to one of our ministries for Seniors in our community.

Silver Threads is our weekly lunch club that meets on Monday mornings from 10am. There is something for everyone – short mat bowls, craft, dancing, crochet and ‘armchair’ games. The club also organises a number of outings during the year and we have occasional guest speakers.
A hot 3-course lunch is provided by the Belfast Health Trust and served by a team of volunteers.

SIXTY+ meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Hall from 7pm. Each meeting includes supper, an activity such as a quiz, tea-dance or movie, and usually an epilogue.

Our church minibus is available for transport to and from both these events.

Please contact the church office for more information.

Prayer

Prayer forms the heart of our life and worship together as God’s people.

We believe that it is as we pray that we experience God’s presence, hear his voice and receive his blessing for breakthrough in our lives, our community and our world.

In addition to the prayer we share in our Life Groups and times together in worship, we have two dedicated prayer meetings that meet in the church:

Friday Night Prayer: Friday nights, 7pm
The Boiler Room: Sunday mornings, 10am

Worship

We love to worship God together.

Our worship on Sunday is contemporary in style, dynamic in nature, and informed by our Anglican roots.

Compassion

We long to see the practical needs of our community met as we reach out to others in Christ’s name.

Every month we go out into the streets of Belfast to deliver hope to those who find themselves homeless and on the streets. We seek to provide materially for those who find themselves in need as well, and we partner with agencies like the Welcome Centre to do this.

We also support the work of Dundonald Food Bank through our giving and through our volunteering connections.