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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 CONSENT FORMS click here.

Visit our FAMILIES RESOURCE PAGE for great ideas, activities and devotional resources to help your children and young people grow in faith.

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


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Parents and Tots group meets Thursdays at 10am in the Church Hall during term time.

Sundays
Children begin the morning service with their parents and join in with our opening worship. They then go out to their own age specific ministries:

Creche – for babies
Little Church – for playgroup, nursery and P1 aged children
Kids’ Church – for P2-P7 school children

Youth Fellowship – for Year 8 and up on Sunday evenings, 7-8.30pm

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! Flourish meets the second Thursday of each month, during term time. Click here for more up to date information.

Women’s Fellowship meet the second Wednesday of each month for chat and to enjoy hearing from a variety of speakers. Tea and coffee are provided!

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. Click here 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.

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.

We seek to help and provide materially for those in our community who find themselves in need and we partner with other churches and groups in our community to do this. During the pandemic we worked closely with the Dundonald Foodbank, the BT16 COVID-19 Relief Team and the Ballybeen Improvement Group to bring help where it was needed most, and we seek to continue doing this wherever we can.

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