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Family, Children and Youth

Families, Youth, and Children

All of us at Cheltenham Minster with St Matthew’s are passionate about seeing all of our parents, young people and wider families grow as disciples of Jesus. In everything we do, we aim to help young people understand the Bible, develop their spiritual life and enable them to share the good news of Jesus with others. From All-Age worship to Holiday Club, from Toddler Group to Camps and Soul Survivor, and from Youth Club to Youth Bible study, we hope there is something with which young people of all ages and their parents can connect.

Have a browse below for specific areas, and if you want to find out more contact Patrick Wheaton our Associate Vicar, Annie Phillips our Youth Worker or Jayne Seward our Children’s Worker.

Child Protection Policy

Please click here to access our Child Protection Policy 2016 revision. Our nominated people are Stephen Ayland and Michael Cupper.

Child Protection Policy


Sunday Club

Every Sunday during the 10.45am service at St Matthew’s the Sunday Club meets with separate groups for children of different ages. We leave for our groups after the section of All-Age worship. Through stories, games, crafts, and Dvds we learn about the hope of Jesus.

Sparklers (pre-schoolers – Reception)
Rockets (Yr1-3)
Lasers (Yr4-5)
Trailblazers (Yr6)

Each of our groups has their own regular dedicated team of leaders, with everything overseen by Jayne Seward.


Bright Lights

Bright Lights is our group for parents and carers that meets on Monday mornings (in term time) 10-11.30am. We welcome all children from 0-3 years of age.

As well as great toys, crafts and activities, Bright Lights gives the grown ups a chance to chat and relax over coffee as the children play.

Everyone is welcome, and as this is a very popular group, we often need to have a waiting list! For more information come along on Monday mornings, or contact our Children’s Worker Jayne Seward on jaynes@stmstm.org.uk.

Woman’s Bible Study

Informal group meeting for Bible study, friendship and encouragement.
Thursday during term time, 9.45-11.30am at St Matthew’s.
Speak to Sonia Griffith (soniag715@gmail.com) to find out more.

Dates for your Diary

Sun 26 March

Sun 02 April

Fri 14 April

10:45 All-Age Mothering Sunday Service and the chance to make cool gifts for Mums

2:30 Easter Craft Afternoon 2.30-4.45 Rec– Year 6

10:45 All-Age Good Friday Service  Hot Cross Buns to follow


Ignite Friday

Ignite Friday is a youth club for young people in school years 7-10.

We meet at St Matthew’s Church on Friday evening from 7-8:30pm, for pool, table tennis, fun games and special events – £1 entry (free first week).

Ignite Sunday

Ignite Sunday is our Youth Group for anyone in years 7-10.

We meet every Sunday Morning in term time as part of the 10:45 service. After the first 20 minutes we leave the Service and meet in the youth room. We have a great time thinking about the truths of Christianity and how it effects our lives today.

For more information contact our Youth Worker Annie Phillips on anniep@stmstm.org.uk

Resident Aliens

Resident Aliens is a small group for years 9-13 who want to grow in their faith and look at the Bible together.
We meet on Wednesday evenings, 7-9.15pm at Annie and Simon’s house, starting with a meal once a month.

Second Saturday

Second Saturday is a youth event for Years 9-13.
We meet in the youth room at St Matt’s, on the second Saturday of each month from 7-8.45pm, for games, worship, Bible study, prayer, chat and doughnuts!

Extra Events include weekends away, film nights, trips, activities and summer camps – contact Annie to find out more.



During our 10.45am Sunday morning service there is always a period where the whole church family worships together through singing, teaching and prayer. Afterwards children aged 2-14 depart for their own groups. Under 2s can be left in the supervised creche, and parents can of course stay with them if they wish. When it is Communion children return from groups to receive communion with their family.

Spread across the year, we have All-Age services where the whole church family stay together throughout. These aim to include something for everyone and help us learn together as a community from 0-90years (or beyond). See ‘dates for your diary; for All-Age service this term.