Our family service starts at 11am and is for people of all ages. During the first part of the service, there are songs, prayers, Bible readings and a talk or other activity for children. The second part of the service is the sermon. Children are welcome to stay for the whole service with their parents, if they wish, but many children prefer to go to the Sunday School which we offer during the sermon.
In the Sunday School, we teach the children about God and the Bible, through songs, interactive stories and craft activities. Recently we have been looking at the life of Joseph, learning about how God plans things out and keeps us safe even when we are scared or lonely. “We learn quite a bit. I enjoy it – especially the crafts.” Amy, age 10 “It’s nice to see my friends and to play together. I also like the biscuits.” Isabelle, age 4
On Wednesdays 10am -11.30 during term time, this is for pre-school children and their parents or carers. We have lots of toys for children to play with, a fun craft activity, a Bible story and songs. We offer everyone who comes some refreshments, and we like to celebrate each child’s birthday with a cake.
FRIDAY YOUTH CLUBS (DURING TERM TIME)
Sparks (Years 2 – 6) 6 to 7.15pm.
Whatever? (Year 7 and up) 7.15 to 8.30pm.
Activities may include games, crafts, refreshments and a space for Bible teaching.
SPECIAL CHILDREN’S EVENTS
Throughout the year, we run special events for children. At Halowe’en, we invite the local children to a Light Party, where we have games, make decorations and other things, and eat together. We think about how Jesus is the Light of the World, and how, if we know him, we do not need to be afraid of ghosts, or witches etc.
At Christmas, we hold a Children’s Christmas festival, where we make festive decorations, enjoy some food together, and explore the Christmas story through a Nativity play. We also sing carols and think about how Jesus is God’s special gift to us.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Usually in April and September, we invite the neighbourhood to our Fun Days. These offer an opportunity to have fun as a family, with a Bouncy Castle, games, face painting, teas and home made cakes. There is also usually a bric-a-brac sale, and a sandpit for toddlers. While the day is basically free, there are opportunities to spend money, which we donate to a selected charitable cause. We have raised money for health projects in Africa and for refugee needs in the Middle East.