St James's Ark playgroup

St James's Ark

St James's Ark is a playgroup for carers and under fives which is Christian based and non-educational. It takes place in church on Monday mornings during term time from 10.15 – 12.15. The group provides a fun morning for the children and a chance for the adults to chat with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is a large regular clientele, some occasional visitors and new people are always welcome. £2 per family is charged with about twenty five children usually attending per week. A maximum of thirty families can be accommodated. Any surplus money is donated to one of St James's charities.

There are two separate play areas, for babies and toddlers, with lots of toys and equipment, much of it donated. There is access to the toilets in the west porch. There is a wide variety of art and craft activities, some of which are on display in the north aisle of the church. Towards the end of the morning, the children can take part in singing and action rhymes and listen to a story.

There is an art and craft table and Coryn comes in twice a term to do a flower-based activity. Later in the morning we have a singing and rhyme session. There is always a fun filled Christmas Party and a picnic in Bushy Park on the last session before the summer holidays. 

Refreshments for both adults and children are available at no extra cost throughout the morning with Fairtrade goods being used.

We currently have 10 volunteers who run the Ark, some full-time and some part-time, without whose commitment and loyalty this group could not function. 

2018 Term Dates

Spring Term Starts 8 Jan (No meeting 12 Feb - half-term) Ends 26 Mar
Summer Term Starts 23 Apr (No meeting 7 May - bank holiday) (No meeting 28 - half-term) Ends 16 July (picnic in Bushy Park)
Autumn Term Starts 10 Sep (No meeting 22 Oct - half-term) Ends 10 Dec (party)

Find out more

St James's Ark artwork (photo album)
The Ark at play (photo album)
The Ark Playgroup (photo album)
St James's Ark through the years


Debbie Nunn on 020 8979 3078

St James's Ark