The Children and Families Worker

We look forward to welcoming you and your family here at St Francis.

Nikki Clare  //  Children and Families Worker

Hi I'm Nikki.

I've been here at St Francis Church as a member of the congregation for nearly 10 years, part of YACC team for 9 years and I've been in post for nearly three years now. I have a diploma in Childcare, NNEB, with 18 years experience in Childcare, having worked in various settings and with lots of different professional groups. I am also a fulltime mum to my little boy.

I love my job here at St Francis! We have an amazing congregation and Ministry team. I am lucky enough to work within a great Youth and Children's Church team,  working alongside Rachel and Claire.

We really look forward to welcoming your family here at St Francis!

I'm based here at St Francis on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and during Sunday services. I currently manage the team (below) and run Messy Church, Toddle time, Shake and Shimmy, Messy Play and lead the Pre-school section of YACC on Sundays. I also help out with The Cellar Group (for older children) and Connect (for our Youth) and organise some larger scale events which involve the whole Church family.

Keep up to date with all our groups and Church events by following us on facebook: @stfranciswgc and @stfrancisyacc

If you have any questions regarding our Youth and Children's work please do contact me on

Rachel Hickey //  Children and Families Worker Assistant

My responsibilities include: co-planning and implementing the 0 -5 years Youth and Children’s Church group, planning and co-running Toddle Time sessions, planning and running other Youth and Family events throughout the year, representing St Francis Church for outreach to local schools such as assemblies and supporting swimming lessons and leading the ‘Cellar' Youth Group. Please contact me at

Claire Meola  //  Children and Families Worker Assistant

With over 12 years of experience in Corporate Education, I am enjoying working with the younger generation!    

It is wonderful to see how they learn about the world around them and to be able to engage with them in fun and exciting activities.

I help look after Toddle Time as well as Youth and Children's Church and Messy Church on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Please contact me at: