Do bring your family to join with us on Sunday mornings where there is usually something to engage with children aged 4+, or to our fortnightly Families group on Saturdays aimed at babes to age 10 and their relatives, or to one of our social events for families held about four times a year. Many young families also attend our Baby Group or our Toddler Group.
Details of all our events below: we look forward to meeting you and your family.
You can contact our Community and Families worker, Wendy on 07904 517384 or email@example.com
Sunday mornings – Young People's Church fortnightly and monthly FamilyWorship
Our Young People's Church caters for ages 5 to 12 on the first and third Sunday each month, and toddlers may play with their parents in the Childrens’ Corner in church.
Young People's Church meets twice a month in the garden or in the Lower Hall depending on the weather with a bible story and prayer using material from Roots, and craft, games or toys. There are usually between 3 and 8 children with two leaders, and parents are encouraged to stay with children who are settling in. Most weeks we also join with the main congregation for some of the worship. If your child has some particular needs, please have a chat with Wendy and we will try and accommodate.
We also welcome families to our monthly FamilyWorship@10.30, a shorter 40 minutes service with content geared for ages 6 to 10, activities for families on tables, and everyone welcome including Spiko the Monkey puppet. Often the garden will be open afterwards for play and refreshments. Next dates: February 13th March 13th and April 10th 2022.
And we encourage children to join in special worship events such as Harvest, Carols by Candlelight and our Young Families’ Christmas Special. In 2021 we held our Young Families Christmas Special worship on December 22nd at 3pm.
Saturday Families Church
Our relaxed Saturday morning welcomes families for playtime, activities and refreshments and inclludes a bible story, Christian songs and child-friendly ways of praying. We will be meeting twice a month in 2022 on the 1st and 3rd Saturday in term time between 10:30am and 12:15 .We usually hold one session in August too. We have a broad age-range from babies and toddlers to age 12+, parents and grandparents and enjoy using the garden in summertime, All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: Wendy.firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07904 517384
Our Baby Group Facebook feed
Baby Group -in 2022 this is running as usual
We are open most Wednesday afternoons in the year for a drop-in for babies and parents from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Free parking in our adjacent carpark from 1.15pm. This is a friendly multi-cultural group available to pregnant women and mums and dads with babies up until they are toddling. A few people manage to get along the third week after birth but for most it takes a few weeks to start getting out and about. Come for refreshments and a chat, playtime for your baby, and our short singing session. If needed, you can bring an older child along too and we will find them some toys. It’s usual for people to feed their baby during the sessions – breast or bottle - and if desired we can move a screen to create some privacy – just ask. There is no religious content in this session, which is open to people of all faiths and none. Donation suggested £2 per family. To check on dates , visit our facebook page WGC Baby Group.
Previously, this group was called Bumps and Babies and has been run in the past by NCT, and during 2016/17 as a supportive partnership between NCT and the church.
Contact: email@example.com. 07904 517384
Chatter and Tots – in 2022 running as usual
Our thriving Toddler Group is re-launching on Thursday mornings at 9.30 until 11.15, from Sep 23rd. We have no booking system – just turn up, first come first served and we will limit numbers to 30 children. A chance for the toddlers to play followed by singing. Suggested donation of £1.50 for one child, and suggested 50p extra per additional baby/child. There is a counter where you can make hot and cold drinks in your own cups (spares provided) and biscuits will be served to children at the end of the circle time. Our carpark opens at 9.15 for people attending the session, else please park your buggy in the lobby on the way in. Open to parents and carers, people of all faiths and none, we include a christian song every week and tell the story of Christmas and Easter each year. This group is closed during school holidays. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
This year our child-minders are organising their own session on Mondays to free up Thursday places for families, and if you want to contact the child-minders , Wendy can put you in touch.
(Why don’t we operate a booking system? Well partly because we would struggle to support the administration of it, and partly because we believe it would favour families with a predetermined schedule – and many families are needing to opt in at short notice as their circumstances change (shift working, illness etc). Fortunately we are right in WGC town centre by the gardens so if you arrive to find the door already closed we hope you will find something else to do)