Children’s Church

At Opawa St. Martins we recognise that the children are an important part of our congregation. We provide a program which will help them come to know Jesus. Children begin in the service with their parents or caregivers until called together for Children’s Church. Parents are welcome to go with their child to Children’s Church, or to stay in church with the adults.

Later in the service the children come back to show the congregation what they have been doing and to join in with Holy Communion. A variety of material is used to resource Children’s Church which follows the same readings that adults are hearing. This is to enable families to reflect together on the same teachings.

Please note that we follow the "Keeping them safe policy" policy of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch.


Children are a part of church

Junior Reader

Children are encouraged to participate in many activities in the parish, including the Sunday worship.

Each week we may have our junior members reading from the bible, carrying the cross, greeting at the door, ringing the bell, or serving at the altar with the vicar.

Every few weeks the musicians group, more than half of which are children, play the music for the 10am service.

Of course, several times a year, various groups of children from St Mark's school join us.

Junior Crucifer
Junior Choir from school
The musicians



SMYLE is our group for youth in school years 7 to 11. We usually meet at the St. Marks church hall on Fridays between 6pm and 8pm.

There are a variety of activities including model kit making and craft activities. There is a simple bible study, games and refreshments.

Mainly Music

Mainly Music

This group is currently in recess while the St Marks church is renovated. We hope to be back up and running in 2020.

Watch this space!

Come and join us as we sing, dance, jump and play.

Tuesdays at 9.30am followed by morning tea and free play.

Mainly music is a church based group designed to encourage the development of co-ordination, fine motor movements, large motor movements, social interaction, appreciation of music and musical styles, and language development in young children.

Sessions are for mums, dads, grandparents or caregivers and of course kids. They are a great place to socialise and come together with other mums.

Come along and try a session, there’s no need to register, just come along and join the fun. And the first one is on us.

Cost: $4 donation per family

For more information please visit the Mainly Music website.

(03) 974 3097

Opawa St Martins Anglican Parish


St. Mark's School
33 Cholmondeley Ave
Christchurch 8023

St. Mark's
101 Opawa Rd,
Christchurch 8023
(under renovation)

8am and 10am,
every Sunday morning
(Currently at St Mark's School Hall)