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For information on St. Thomas' Children's Party ('STomp'), see Children and families.


posted 18 Jan 2019, 07:56 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

'St. Thomas' Children's Party' - or 'STomp' for short - is designed for families and children aged 0 to 11.  It is an informal children's church. The idea is to provide an opportunity for children and families to spend time together in church, have fun, meet new friends, learn about Jesus and the wonderful stories of the Bible and of the Church Year.   We sing simple songs with either piano or guitar accompaniment. We don't meet regularly but hold special services at festival times during the year. 

We have a STomp prayer said each time: 

"This morning God
This is Your day
I am Your child
Show me Your way"
We also STomp our feet every time and there is always a cup of tea or juice in hand with biscuits.
STomp is organised by members of the Family Worship Group.  Everyone and anyone is welcome as long as you are young at heart, although we ask that children are accompanied by an adult unless otherwise arranged in advance.  So, why not come along and STomp!

Morning Worship

The first Sunday of every month, at the usual service time of 11.15 am, is our 'all ages' service where the format is more informal than the usual eucharist and communion is not generally taken.  This service is intended to serve all members of our church, young and not so young.

Special Services

In addition to our general services, various special services are held throughout the year including Harvest Festival, Christingle, the Carol Service and the Crib Service.   The dates for these services can be found on our Church Calendar.


For more information on children and families at St. Thomas', please contact us.

Crib Service 2018

posted 18 Jan 2019, 07:31 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

Finger puppets hand made
The Family Worship Group decided to try something different this year for the Crib Service held on Christmas Eve. We made Finger puppets - glued and sewn over a couple of sessions. They were given out as children came in, and then as the story was told, people had to hold up their fingers and wave. It went down very well - even with some of the adults joining in. The congregation could take their puppet home afterwards to remind them of the service. They were cheaper to make than buying commercially and it was more fun. We were delighted with the results - especially the Highland coos.

Pentecost May 2016

posted 23 May 2016, 02:19 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

What a busy STomp! First we had to build the tower of Babel - luckily we had an expert builder to help with the construction. Then we had to hide in a locked room and experience the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing through ( a den made with a clothes maid and a sheet - and a powerful fan). We lit nightlights to represent the tongues of fire. We said "Hello" in lots of different languages. The noisiest part was proclaiming "Jesus is Lord" through our paper megaphones as we paraded around the church, finishing with a lovely song to the Skye Boat Song tune - "Spirit of God".
Everyone was involved and had a great time. Thanks to the team. 
Our Tower of Babel

Lent 2016

posted 23 Mar 2016, 12:43 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne

This year, the children enjoyed painting stones. Collected from the river bank, they were hard and cold and grey - representing times when we have not been kind to each other, or not thought about other people. We painted them in bright colours to show that with the love of God, things can be transformed into something beautiful, colourful and full of interest and life. Lent is a time to reflect on how we can transform our lives with the help of God. 

Paper Aeroplanes

posted 8 Aug 2015, 23:56 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 8 Aug 2015, 23:56 ]

paper aeroplane
If you'd passed by St Thomas' just after 10am on Sunday 16th May you would have seen a collection of people outside flying paper aeroplanes as part of the STomp service.

What, you may ask, does that have to do with church? Well, we decided to celebrate both Ascension Day and Pentecost together. So after retelling the story, we decided to act the Pentecost event using paper aeroplanes to act as the Holy Spirit, swooping down in the wind and sunshine. Some flew much further than others; some stalled on entry; some circled round and returned to sender.

But all were there to help us think about what it must have been like that day so many years ago, and celebrate.

STomp dates May and June 2015

posted 22 Apr 2015, 11:34 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 22 Apr 2015, 11:34 ]

St Thomas Party, for children 0 - 11 years, and anyone else who wants to come, happens on the third Sunday of the month at 10 - 10.30am. Next dates are:

  • 17th May 2015 - Wind and Fire
  • 21st June 2015 - Take the biscuit
STomp will then take a break over the summer holidays. See you again in September!


Next STomp date ...

posted 21 Mar 2015, 03:21 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 03:22 ]

Sunday 19th April 2015 from 10 - 10.30 am, with the theme "Has Spring Sprung?"!

Please join us!

Crib Service

posted 21 Mar 2015, 02:46 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 21 Mar 2015, 02:46 ]

A fun time was had at our crib service. Caroline and Vittoria helped to retell with story, with Mary, Joseph, multitudinous shepherds, a flock of sheep and a parade of wise men to assist them. Isobel led our singing as we celebrated the joy and wonder of Christmas together. We are already plotting next year’s service!

Young Church at St. Thomas'

posted 10 Nov 2014, 13:07 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 10 Nov 2014, 13:07 ]

Children are welcome at all the services at St Thomas’s.

The children’s corner contains books, colouring and toys for small children, so do make use of them.

For a trial period there will be a Family Communion on the 4th Sunday of the month, at which children are particularly welcome.
St Thomas’s Family Worship Group

There are regular meetings of the Family Worship Group. Anyone who feels they would like to contribute will be very welcome.

St Thomas Party (STomP), for children 0 - 11 years, and anyone else who wants to come, happens on the third Sunday of the month at 10 -10.30am. Next dates are:

  • 19th October: Hibernation, Harvest follow-up - Pets, St Francis
  • 16th November: Remembrance
  • 21st December: Christmas preparation
Family Services at St.Thomas's Family Services normally take place on the first Sunday of every month. Next ones will be:
  • 5th October: Harvest Thanksgiving
  • 2nd November: All Souls
  • 7th December: Christingle
Sue Burgess

Next STomp - 21st September 2014

posted 25 Aug 2014, 11:16 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 11:16 ]

After the summer break, we will start again on 21st September.  We will have a dramatic version of Jonah and the Whale, and all will be very welcome.

Sue Burgess

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