Thirsk kids provides activities for children from babies through to teens, where the youth group takes over. During term time Little Ark provides babies and toddlers with activities and friendship with their parents or carers.

For children of school age there is the opportunity to participate in both their own groups and family services during each month and an exciting new activity afternoon with worship one Sunday afternoon a month in St Mary's.


Activities take place in church, the local primary schools and community regularly for an expanding variety of children and family orientated events throughout the year to appeal to many tastes as we have fun and learn about Jesus and Christianity.


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Family Services


Family Services are planned with families and children in mind so are lively and shorter.


Next Family Services at St Mary's:

8th March 10.15am

29th March Mothering Sunday 10:15am


Family Connect is a new service, it consists of activities, songs, bible stories and a tea time snack.


Next Family Connect at St Mary's:

No Family Connect in March all together at 10:15am 26th April 3.30pm







 Little Ark is a parent/carer and toddler group for children from birth to school age. We meet every Tuesday morning, during term time from 10am to 11.30am at St Mary’s Church in Kirkgate. There is plenty to do from toys, arts and crafts, stories and songs.


All parents/carers are treated to a mug of freshly made tea or coffee and a biscuit and for the children, juice and a biscuit is provided for them too. There is no charge for the club but a donation of £1 per family (to cover the cost of refreshments and materials) is much appreciated. New families are always very welcome – do come and join us, or contact is with any questions.

Open the Book


Children love stories- especially when they are interactive, engaging and fun! That’s what Open-the-Book is all about. A team of about 4 or 5 storytellers tell Bible stories. We use drama, props and simple costumes.


Thirsk Parishes is forming a team and looking for people of any age to join. If you could spare a few minutes once a month with the team tell a bible story to children at our parish schools OR you would like to help in other ways; making props etc. contact Jill on 01845 501174 or  

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