Children and Carers

St John’s is a safe place for children, and is involved in various ways in helping those with young children.

Diddy Disciples

Last year St John’s launched Diddy Disciples, a children’s liturgy devised by the Revd Dr Sharon Moughtin-Mumby. It is designed for children under the age of seven, but any children who enjoy it are welcome to take part or to help. The children leave the adults’ service near the beginning and take part in their own service, returning later on.

We’re currently preparing some of our 7- to 10-year-olds to receive Holy Communion for the first time. After this, we’re planning to begin an older age group in Diddy Disciples, to enable older and younger children to engage in age-appropriate worship.

Croydon Best Start

CBS_logo with new straplineSt John’s is participating in the roll-out of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) alongside parents of under-fives as part of Croydon Council’s Best Start programme. We have employed a Community Builder, who began work at the end of October. If you are a parent of a 0- to 5-year-old who lives in South Norwood or Upper Norwood and would like to find out how you could get involved, get in touch with Nicky Rothwell on

Palace Buds

St John’s supports Palace Buds, an initiative of Crystal Palace Transition Town which brings together parents and carers of young children to explore sustainability and creativity. It usually meets at St John’s between 10.30 and 12.30pm on the fourth Friday of the month (though the January session is on 20 January from 1 till 3). All with 0- to 5-year-olds are welcome (with your children)!


St John’s is committed to keep safe and protect from harm any child or adult who may be vulnerable.

If you need to discuss any concerns in confidence, please approach Rachel Rae or Rebecca Hall (our Safeguarding Officers), or Fr John or Fr Andrew. Alternatively you can email All conversations will be treated seriously and sensitively.

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