Children and Young People

In the Parish Hall

Most weeks of the year, during term-time, we offer Junior Church activities, starting in the Parish Hall across the road from the Church.  These are for youngsters from around four to twelve years of age.  Parents or carers can bring their child to the Hall before the 9.30 service gets underway and then come across themselves to join our act of worship in the Church or are welcome to stay with their children in the Hall if they wish. The group in the Hall will be overseen carefully by at least two leaders, who will engage the young people in activities which complement the themes of the day or of the season as are being celebrated in the Church.  Often this involves art-work, acting or singing, and discussions appropriate to the children’s ages.   Our children’s leaders have appropriate safeguarding certification and are committed to the wellbeing of all youngsters entrusted to their care on any Sunday.

At the start of 2024 we have 20 children on our Sunday School roll.

In our churches

At all services, and especially the 9.30 Sunday service, we invite any babies, children and young people to be a part of our worship.   We open our doors to everybody on their own terms and are delighted to have you with us.  At St John’s toys are available and a play area at the back of the church for the youngest. There are baby changing facilities at the rear of the church.

Young people form an important part of our choir.

On the second Sunday of each month the 9.30 service is intentionally more accessible, and a little shorter, with a lighter choice of hymns and songs, specially to cater to people across the age range of our Church.  We enjoy other ‘all-age’ acts of worship on the fifth Sunday of the month, when that occurs, and at certain other special festivals: such as Mothering Sunday; Remembrance; and in the lead-up to Christmas.   Young and old alike, all are welcome.

Tots’ Time, Mondays at 9.45am.
8th January 2024 marks the return of our popular weekly event aimed at children from 0 to 4 years and their carers. Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to be a ‘church member’.
The sessions are short and snappy, lasting about 30 mins. We sing a range of familiar tunes drawn from the pre-school repertoire together with the occasional new item. There is a little talk, colourful illustrations, activites, short prayers and refreshments at the end.
If you have any questions the Rector (01243 372867) will be very happy to give you further details.

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