We are keen to welcome children and young people into the life of our church. You can contact our Community and Families worker, Wendy on 07904 517384 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During 2018, we are holding Family Friendly Sunday services led by Wendy at 10.30am on April 8th, May 13th, June 10th and July 8th, when the worship service will be especially geared to young families: under an hour long including music and storytime and interaction and followed by refreshments and playtime (in the garden if fine). There will be colouring and puzzle activities on the tables, too, for all ages.
At our community All Age service on the 4th Sunday of every month, we sing and share news together with the main congregation for about half an hour. Then there is a craft activity provided in the main service for parents and children to enjoy together. And sometimes we take the Under 6s into the Lower Hall for about 20 minutes to play. It’s informal and very flexible!
Our new Ages 10+ discipleship group for teens has met twice in Spring 2018. Hurray! Next dates are May 6th, June 2nd and July 1st, starting at 10.30am in the Upper Hall. And they will join in the final part of the communion service with the congregation. Other weeks, teenagers may like to stay in the worship service, and are welcome to help themselves to some of the word puzzles and craft materials available at the back (ask the welcome team). Or, we are keen to involve them in volunteering with projection and sound, music, readings and drama, and serving refreshments etc.
On 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, we run Junior Church for ages 3 to 12 in the Lower Hall, with toys and games and crafts, and a bible story and prayer using the Roots lectionary theme. It’s usually a small group of between 3 and 8 children with two leaders, and parents are welcome to stay with children who are settling in. After about 50 minutes, we join the main congregation for some singing and the final blessing, and sometimes the children show the congregation what they have been doing. Under 3s are welcome to play with you near the back of the church service where there are toys and a babymat, or if they want to run around a lot, you can help them to play alongside junior church in the Lower Hall.
If your child has some particular needs, please have a chat with Wendy and we will try and accommodate.
Our Holiday Club for ages 5 to 10 runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during half-term. Each two-hour session includes jokes, games and playtime, crafts, dancing or running game, bible story and discussion about the theme, and refreshments. For children who want, there is an optional prayer activity. This is a friendly morning where the children can make friends with a small group of others and enjoy themselves. Occasionally, some parents stay and play nearby with a younger child, which works well. Open to children from all faiths and none. Suggested donation: £4 per morning if you can afford it.
During the year, the church hosts various social and fun family events. Our 2017 summer family barbecue was enjoyed by 36 children and over 100 adults, and our ever popular November fayre includes children’s entertainment and Santa’s grotto. We always open the garden in summer time for a variety of play dates, and in January families come to watch the garden from indoors (!) to participate in the RSPB national bird survey and we enjoy bird-themed crafts. In March 2016 we had a very successful afternoon with some Magicians, and in 2017 we had an Easter family event, some getting-to-know-you lunches and a lovely tea party raising money for MacMillan cancer support. We look forward to meeting your family.
Chatter and Tots
Our thriving Toddler Group runs on Thursday mornings during term-time. A chance for the toddlers to play followed by singing and then drinks and biscuits. Small charge of £1.50 for a toddler and baby, extra children 50p. This group runs from 9.30am to 11.15 am and our carpark opens at 9.15 for people attending the session. 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. Contact: email@example.com
Our Baby Group Facebook feed
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 all pregnant women and mums and dads with babies up until they are toddling. A few people manage to get along the second 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 from our children’s corner. 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 £1.50 per family. To check on dates in August and December, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 07904 517384
Parents and Tiddlers
A supportive fortnightly group for parents with babies from the just toddling stage, roughly aged 12 to 24 months. Siblings welcome. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 2pm to 4pm in term-time, and to suit the needs of group members during holidays. There is no religious content in this session, which is open to people of all faiths and none. Donation suggested £1.50 per family. Parking is available from 1.45pm.
Contact: email@example.com. 07904 517384