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Youth & Families Ministry

Family Services - held 9.30-10.30am on 2nd & 4th Sundays every month.
Craftzone Children's Church (Fresh Expression) Every Thursday 15.30-16.30 @ Jessica's Hall, Leigh School, during term time.
Family Craftzone - meets at Jessica Hall on 1st Sunday of each month - a monthly version of Craftzone for Sunday - parents can drop off children whilst at church or come in and join in the fun!! 9.30am - 11.30am
Junior Church in The Genner Rooms @ St. Mary's every 3rd Sunday of the month from 9.30am
Youth Group TBA
Youth Alpha Courses - a chance for young people to discuss the 'meaning of life' in an open and informal setting.
For further information on any of the above contact our Youth & Families Minister,
David Bennie.   e-mail:  isdaddyrasta@gmail.com

Uniform Groups

7th Tonbridge Scout Group
The Scout Hut, Kiln Lane, Leigh
Scouts - meets weekly on Thursday evenings - 7.00-8.30pm isdaddyrasta@gmail.com
Cubs - meets Monday evenings - 7.00-8.30pm - Tel: 07846238925
Beavers - meets Monday evenings 6.00-7.00pm - email ed@flsuk.biz

Brownies - meets Tuesday Evenings

Sleepover Sponsorship for Porchlight Charity for the homeless

7th Tonbridge Scouts - 100th Anniversary Year

Think you know Scouting? Think again.

If you still think Scouting is just about boys, tents and woggles, then take a look you might just change your mind. With over 200 activities on offer and half a million members (including 60,000 girls) Scouting offers everyday adventure to young people and adult volunteers

Think Again!

Who can be a Scout?

Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators.

100 Years of Scouting in Leigh

Centenary Celebration Day - 13th July 2013

Centenary Camp - Blacklands Farm - 27th - 29th September 2013



  Craftzone children deliver harvest hampers




Craft Zone

Children’s Church

Fun & Games – Crafts


Singing- Dancing 

Stories from the Bible

Tea & Coffee ~ Refreshments


3.30 - 4.30


Family Services

Family Praise every 2nd Sunday 9.30am
Family Service every 4th Sunday 9.30am
One Body, Many Parts
1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Youth Alpha

Youth Alpha Testimony

Youth & Families Blogg

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St. Mary's Church, Youth & Families Ministry, Leigh
Reports and Thoughts of Youth & Families Minster

APCM Report 2017

Y&FM Report to PCC

November 13th 2017


Some ups and downs



Karen has decided to step down from Totzone




After almost 6 years of welcoming parents and carers along to the Genner rooms with their pre-school aged children, Totzone has closed its doors.  Numbers attending have been very varied over the years but the last six months has seen a big decline in numbers with a number of weeks with no-one attending.  I have enjoyed running Totzone for the past 4 years but now feel that it is time for me to step down and allow another parent/carer to take up the reins should the need for the group continue.  Any parent or carer who is interested in starting up Totzone again either now or in the future should contact David Bennie at



Thank you to everyone who has supported me while running Totzone.

Karen Korvin


I have thanked Karen for all her dedication and loyalty over those 6 years in running and helping with Totzone. Karen is supporting this ministry in many other ways ie Family Craftzone, Alpha Course support, Home Group hosting at her house.

I think that Totzone will hopefully re launch in the New Year.



Family Craftzonelaunched on 1st October - 9.15-11.15am at the Jessica Hall. This is a new initiative hoping to attract young children and their parents once a month to share stories from the bible, do crafts together and build up relationships over a cuppa and a biscuit. The attendance has been small but encouraging and will take a while to get a ‘name’.

Thank you to Karen and Gill Bennie for their support and assistance in setting this up.



After discussion with Lee Bransby and Peter Penn it has been agreed that I stay on as AGSL to assist Peter Penn in his role. Peter, as you may know, has not been well and welcomed my offer of assistance.


We’re Off

The Gambian Projects Overseas Charity (GPO) sets off this Thursday (16th) with a group of 10 (inc myself, Gill) on the 07.55am flight with Thomas Cook to The Gambia. The projects inc. adding electricity supply to the Solar Unit installed in March and teaching activities and training lead by Gill Bennie and Susan Hyde. We also have a huge amount of resources to distribute to hospitals, clinics and schools.

Several our latest Alpha Home Group are coming with us for the 1st time. Including, John and Maxine Waghorn and Allison Vicary. David & Wendy Sellicks daughter, Laura, also joins us for the first time. We are all very excited as the Charity takes a new pathway in taking out a working group in November. The main group is there for a week, with 4 staying on for the 2ndweek and Gill and I returning on the 14thDecember.

Our next project in 2018 leaves for Gambia on 22ndFebruary for 2 weeks. This will involve building a store room and new cooking area at Sinchu Balia Nursery School. We have 5 signed up for this project and are happy for others to come along too, if you would like to come or know anyone interested, let me know please.


Whilst I am away, I have organised for cover for all the various activities I am involved with, in particular.

Craftzone – Carla Craske and Steph Rutherford with Lionel and Andrew assisting.

I have provided a full program with Crafts organised.

Family Services – 26this Baptism – Roy is leading worship (I have printed off music sheets for songs)

10thDecember – I have produced a service booklet – Roy leads worship.

School Assemblies – Lionel

Home Groups (Tuesday & Wednesday) leaders appointed

On return on 14thDec. I shall hit the floor running with Christingle on 17th(I have written this), 2 Home Groups Christmas gatherings and, of course, The Christmas Eve Carol Services. I have prepared these prior to leaving, so will only need tweaking on return.


I would like to minute my appreciation of the PCCs support in allowing me extra time in the Gambia to carry out some much needed follow up work and discussion with those who we seek to help and our special thanks to all those who support that work financially in our community here at Leigh and beyond.


David Bennie

Youth & Families Minister




St Mary's Church
Leigh, Kent
Vicar: Rev'd Lionel Kevis
01732 833022

Coffee Stop
Meet up with friends and make new ones over coffee. 10.00 - 11.30 am every Wednesday in the Genner Room, St Marys Church, Leigh.
Tea and cake also available.