Soul in the City: free half term activities

Wondering how to occupy your children during half term? During Soul in the City, we're running youth and children's workshops on Wednesday 28 May to Friday 30 May for local residents. Best of all, they're completely free!

The workshops are as follows:
Kid's Club - Wed 28 May and Thur 29 May (10am-12.30pm) for ages 7-10
Street Dance - Wed 28 May (12-4pm) for ages 11-18
Craft - Fri 30 May (11am-3pm) for all ages - no need to book
Play in a Day - Fri 30 May (10am-5pm) for ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-14.

Places are free, but registration is essential. The easiest way to register is to sign up below. Alternatively you can call 020 7226 3400 or email

Workshops are being run in partnership with St Mary Islington Community Partnership and the Almeida Theatre, with support from Islington Council.

Snap the best thing in your neighbourhood

As part of our exciting Soul in the City Neighbourhood Festival, we're running a Photography Competition for children and young people.
  • Can you take a photo to show us "What is the best thing in your neighbourhood?"
  • You can use any camera you like, even a camera phone.
  • There are two categories, up to Year 6 and Years 7 to12.
  • Send your picture to with your name and school year.
  • Deadline for submitting pictures is Friday 25 May 2012.
  • All photos will be exhibited at Soul in The City (5-12 June) at St Mary’s Church, Upper Street.
The two winners will receive a free print of their image on canvas and a free professional photo-shoot for their whole family, courtesy of Jessops, Islington. Jessops will also print off all entries for exhibiting. 

Judges decision final. At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

Tim Broadbent appointed as Youth Minister

We’re delighted to announce that Tim Broadbent has been appointed as part-time Youth Minister. This is a twelve-month appointment initially but we are seeking further funding to secure a longer term.

For the last three years Tim has been Church and Community Youth Worker at Oasis Church, at Waterloo. He has recently completed a Master's Degree in Youth Ministry and Theology at King's College, London. We were especially impressed with Tim's ability to grow youth ministries from small beginnings and his ability to relate to a wide range of people, including volunteers and young people from varied backgrounds.

Tim is a passionate fan of Crystal Palace. In addition to football, he enjoys cycling, films and even DIY. He is married to Hannah, who is a PhD research student and they live in Kennington. He tells us that he enjoys young people because of their humour, originality, faith and general approach to life.

This appointment is a big step for St Mary's and fulfils one of the remaining goals of our current Mission Action Plan. We really look forward to getting to know Tim and Hannah and to seeing our young people's work grow.