St Mary's Church Upton

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Children’s work at St Mary’s

We value our children very highly at St Mary’s.

We cater for their specific interests and needs in the life of our church. Each group helps children to explore the Bible in a way that is suitable for their age in an engaging and relevant way to enable them to develop and own a faith of their own.

Children’s groups run alongside the 11am Sunday service at St Mary’s Church (Except the first Sunday all age service) and there are children’s activities available at the Centre.

We are welcomed into the local primary and secondary schools through our children’s and youth work. We join in assemblies and lessons as well as arranging school visits to the church building.

We take Child Protection very seriously and have strict procedures in place.

Our child protection statement is as follows:

Children and young people are an important part of St Mary’s church and we commit ourselves to their protection and safekeeping.
It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent
the physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse of children and young people and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

We are committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people and to following the guidelines and procedures published by the Diocese.

The appointed Child Protection Coordinator for St Mary’s is Jill Mills who can be contacted via the church office on 677 1186.

If it is suspected that a child is being abused or if a child discloses that a situation of abuse is possibly occurring the matter must be brought to the attention of the Child Protection Co-ordinator or the clergy (if they are not the suspected)  unless there is a risk of immediate danger to the child, in which case the police or social services should be contacted directly and as soon as possible.

A child is defined as someone under the age of 18 years in The Children’s Act 1989.

Midweek for children

St Mary’s pre-school playgroup


Established in 1970, St Mary’s preschool playgroup takes children from 2 years to 5 years old. It is open Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.15am -12.15pm.
Children are free the term after their 3rd birthday and we do accept 2 year old funding too.
We have a highly qualified and experienced staff team and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We are registered with Ofsted and our last inspection report can be found at Our reference is 306495
Children learn in a welcoming, inspiring and stimulating environment. We teach the children Christian values and tell some bible stories, sing some Christian songs and pray with the children.
Visit our facebook page to to find out what we get up to or contact Rosalind Carter on 0151 677 1186 for more information or email us at


St Mary’s Toddler Groups

St Mary’s run two midweek toddler groups, Dots to Tots and Tots Spot.

Tots Spot takes place on Mondays from 9:15-11:15am and is run at the St Mary’s Centre, 127 Saughall Massie Road

Dots to Tots is on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30am and runs in our wonderful new building on Church Road in Upton. Find the map and other details of where we are here.

Contact Rebecca Steele, our Children and Families Worker 0151 677 1186 ext 27



Sundays for children

Children’s groups run alongside the 11am Sunday service at St Mary’s Church (Except 1st Sunday – All Age Service) and there are children’s activities available at the Centre.

Seed and Grow: Pre-school age
Jesus and Me: Reception – School Year 2
Explorers: School Year 3-6

Sensory Sunday (1st Sunday of month) for families with additional needs.

For more information about activities for children at the church or the Centre, contact Rebecca Steele at the Church Office on 677 1186 extension 27.

When we meet

St Mary's, Church Road, Upton

9am: A quiet, more formal service.
11am: Busy with children who start in the service and move into age-related groups after the start.
6.30pm: Generally more informal

St Mary's Centre, 127 Saughall Massie Road, Upton

10.30am: Holy Communion on the third Sunday of the month and Morning Worship on each of the other Sundays. The Centre has a friendly and informal atmosphere and facilities for children.

Pattern of services

St Mary's Church

First Sunday of the month
9am Holy Communion
11am Together at Eleven (all ages)
6:30pm Sundays at Seven or Evening Praise

Second Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship
6:30pm Holy Communion

Third Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Morning Worship with Baptisms
6:30pm Evening Praise

Fourth Sunday of the month
9am Morning Prayer
11am Holy Communion
6:30pm Evening Prayer

11am Holy Communion

St Mary's Centre

10:30am all services
First Sunday: Morning Worship
Second Sunday: Morning Worship
Third Sunday, Holy Communion
Fourth Sunday, Morning Worship

The pattern varies around Christmas and Easter.

We run a different programme during August at 11am. Occasionally an event or special day is marked which can also cause a change to the above pattern.