St Swithun's Church
Kennington Oxford




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There is now a thriving and very active group of children and young people in the Church. They meet every Sunday at 9.25 for guided activities relevant to the church's year, which often involve painting, drawing, acting, games, and stories, but related to a theme.

On the THIRD Sunday of each month, there is a MESSY CHURCH where a Bible theme is explored through craft and toys for children, with a breakfast buffet available, plus tea / coffee and newspapers available for the grown-ups, followed by songs and a short service


For more information, about CHILDREN's CHURCH contact one of the Clergy or one of the Wardens, or come along any Sunday Morning at 9.25 in the Church Hall, (Adjacent to the church)



Between the ages of 7 - 11 or at Secondary School? Come along to our Benefice Youth Group and bring your friends!

We meet every two weeks in the Church Room and Youth Hut behind St. James Church in Radley....6-7.30pm

We start the evening off with games and social time altogether. We have a snack and then split into two groups (7-11 and Secondary School) for informal discussion on our theme for the evening .... taking a look at a bible passage .... and more games to end.

We also run socials - bowling, film nights etc and have plans for more!

This coming term the dates are: 27th May, 10th, 24th June, 8th of July.

'Contact Rob (01235 554739) or Alison (01865 327974) for more information'



Little Lambs is a group for children under 5 and their carers. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in term time, from approximately 9:00 to 11:15. Come along - you'd be most welcome!
What can you expect? Lots of space for little ones to play, high quality toys, friendly chat, plenty of refreshments for adults and children, a short story from the Bible, and a few songs.
Contact Rob Glennie for more information


St Swithun's Holiday Club 2016thun’s

Holiday club this year was called CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE. During 3 days, over 30 children and a group of adults, led by Alex, with ‘Mr Motivator’, heroic Helen, crafty Mary, game setting Lisa and a special guest nutritionist Megan, all had a really great time.
We listened to stories from Jesus’s life, and learnt that we must do his will, which might not be easy, but that we should persevere, and keep on practicing and helping others. Doing this together will help to make us into his team, and as a team we can often achieve much more than when alone.
The team building was emphasized by various craft work games, exercises, action packed songs, and praying together.
The grownups all enjoyed the three days, and want to thank the children and helpers for making it all such fun.

Mr Motivator got things going leading some exercises
The Children were allocated to teams with different coloured peaks on their caps
The teams decorated flags
and made Olympic style torches
After learning about healthy eating they made themselves health lunches
And played team games


Pictures of the Children's Church Holiday Club 2013 (SPACE ACADEMY) can be seen on the news page.


On St Swithun's weekend in mid July 2011 the theme was water related, and the activities included wellie wanging, apple bobbing, and hand painting. The children normally come into church in time for the communion, and then towards the end of the service they tell us what they have been doing, often accompanied by 'MUSIC'.
As this was our patronal festival weekend there were also some games after the service, including sack, and egg and spoon races.

Wellie Wanging
Apple Bobbing
Hand Painting
Children's MUSIC
Sack race
Egg and Spoon Race


Pictures from
Harry's Baptism in 2009



piano cover: Our God Reigns

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