Young Lions are our young people aged 8–18 who meet every Sunday during the service. At Young Lions, we are passionate about teaching the Gospel and the Christian life as we show our young people how to live a life committed to Jesus. We don’t do boring because we believe that life as a Christian is an exhilarating journey.
During the last Sunday of the month, the Young Lions participate in the main service by making the sermon into something creative and engaging for all ages – why don’t you come to one and see?
Every Sunday, one of our teachers (see below) will oversee the lesson for that day, sometimes it will be about a key element of Christian life such as prayer while other weeks it will focus on a story from the Bible. If you would like to know what has been taught, please ask any of our team below!
In church, some Young Lions are involved in the serving team while some are members of our choir but that’s not a requirement for Young Lions, it’s all the child’s choice. Young Lions enjoy having a good laugh and like to explore Christianity – some of our young people have asked to be baptised and confirmed. Sometimes, the Young Lions go on day trips to places like Walsingham or Clumber Park. Occasionally, Young Lions will have the option to go away to stay a few nights on residentials. We will send your child away with a leaflet for these activities in advance. Safeguarding children is our highest priority. All our teachers and volunteers are DBS checked and there are several safeguarding officers within the church.
So, what are you waiting for? Come to St. Mark’s and meet our leaders, we’re eager to meet you!
Hello, my name is Tristan Jones and I’m the youngest teacher at 18! I have just become a teaching assistant at a Church of England Primary School working with Year 1. I have been coming to St. Mark’s Church since 2011 and have loved to get to know all the young people who attend. I am also a Staff Sergeant in the Boys’ Brigade which also takes place at church. My favourite quote from the Bible is John 13:34 – ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ I hope to get to know you soon.
Hey, I’m Jodie! I’m currently a university student but I will graduate in July 2018 with an undergraduate degree in English Literature. I hope to go on to study for a Masters in Creative Writing in September. I have been a member of St. Mark’s since 2010 when a good friend asked me to go with her. I taught Sunday School for a few years before leaving to focus on my studies but now I’m back because I missed teaching and the young people a lot! My favourite chocolate is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – they work wonders if you ever need my help! My favourite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 which ends with ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love’ (Cor. 13:13) which is something I try to remember.
Hi, my name is David Boot but the kids call me Booty – I don’t know why! I have been coming to St. Mark’s Church since 2002. I have worked my way up from being a lad who attended the lessons to a teacher at the Sunday school. I enjoy teaching the young people a lot. I am also an officer in the Boys Brigade which runs at the Church, it’s another thing I also like to do. My favourite worship song is ‘Shine, Jesus, Shine’.