Children and Young People

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.

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Junior Disciples

For children from the age of about 8, Junior Disciples helps them to engage with the faith in a more discursive way. Many of these children also receive Holy Communion, and we are happy to prepare any children who are 7 or above.

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 in October 2016. 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 Jenny Jones on


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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