Children

 

 Children

St Mary’s welcomes children into the life of the church. On Sunday morning, at 10.30am while the church service is taking place, we provide an exciting and varied programme of activities and learning about the bible, suitable for children aged 0-14 of all abilities and personalities.

  • Crèche is available up to age 3
  • Scramblers is our group for children aged 3-4
  • Climbers is our group for children aged 5-7
  • Explorers is our group for children aged 7-11
  • Pathfinders is our group for older children aged 11-14

 

Scramblers, Climbers & Explorers

We have a team of trained leaders, who use material provided by CLICK from the Good Book Company as a guide for the activities. This is a bible-based programme for teaching and discipling children, based on our belief that the bible’s own theological framework directs how it should be taught. Material covers the major events, concepts and doctrines of the bible – and it is also great fun! Sessions include games, prayers, songs and music, bible stories, quizzes and craft activities, usually with something to take home that day. Children will also be offered a drink of squash during the session.

Our children’s groups support the Tear Fund charity, and children are reminded to put any money they may have brought for this into the ‘lion’ money box.

Where:  We meet in the tiled area in the Church Centre. Please ask one of the stewards if you are unsure of where we are. On your first visit, parents/carers are asked to register their children with the team leader.

When:  We meet at 10.30am every Sunday morning throughout the school year, except on the third Sunday of each month when children and adults are together in the church for our Worship-For-All service. If in doubt, please ask a steward.

In preparation for major festivals, such as Christmas, all the children across the whole age range may spend some time together for singing practice. Scramblers and Climbers usually participate in some way in festival services. In the summer, we usually have a tea for children and their families.

On a practical note:  Please ensure your child visits the toilet before they come into the group, and please let any member of our team know, in confidence, of any issues which may affect your child’s enjoyment of the group. You are welcome to remain with your child if they need you, but we would always encourage you to go into the church service while we care for your young one.

When the children start in their group, please drop your child off no more than ten minutes before the session starts. Scramblers and Climbers must be collected by their parent/carer at the end of the session, and we ask that you come promptly at the end of the church service.

On the first Sunday of every month, there is a service of Holy Communion in the church. Towards the end of that service, the children will re-join you in church, so that the whole family can share in this together. For practical purposes, it would be helpful if you could ensure that either your child or the team knows where in church you will be sitting.

Our team:  We love the Lord and can testify to his grace to us through Jesus Christ. All leaders and helpers are subject to CRB clearance. We meet regularly as a team, led by Glyn Postlethwaite, to pray and plan together.

Crèche

Our crèche caters for families with young children up to 3 years of age. It is available at the 10.30am Sunday service, excluding the monthly Worship-For-All service which takes place on the third Sunday of the month. The crèche meets in its own newly-decorated room (the door is on the right in the foyer of the main entrance to the church). A friendly group of volunteers supervise the children. Each week we attempt to sow simply into the spiritual lives of these young ones through bible stories and fun activities. We encourage parents to leave their children with us and be free to worship in the service – but if you prefer you can stay or become a helper (please speak to a member of the crèche team to volunteer).

Pathfinders

This is the group that serves the older children (ages 11 to 14). We meet together in an informal setting during the 10.30am Sunday service, excluding the monthly Worship-For-All service which takes place on the third Sunday of the month.

The young people think about biblical issues and how they relate and apply to their everyday lives. Talks take place in a debating style, with games and activities reflecting the good news of the gospels. At present the group is an even mix of nationalities and genders. We welcome all newcomers and visitors.

On reaching age 14, we encourage the children to become young leaders if that is their gift. At present we have four young people helping out with some of the other Sunday groups. We are always looking out for leaders – so if you have a sense of humour, a love for God, and understand why teenagers never tidy their bedrooms, come and talk to us.

 

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