Children’s work has always played a strong part in the life of the church. One of our greatest successes in the past two years is to employ a full-time Youth & Families worker who leads different activities during the week.
Sunday Club is held in the Parish Centre for the older children and a Crèche at the back of church during the Sunday morning service. Sunday Club join us for Communion and spend some time at the end of the service telling us what they have learnt that morning.
Twigs is a parent and toddler session for the pre-school age group. These sessions include singing, games and activities for both the children and parents or carers. The activity takes places on Wednesday afternoon during term time from 2pm-3pm in church.
Branches is an after school club for children aged 4 to 11. There is a combination of games, teaching, refreshments and worship themed on Bible Stories. This activity is run by a committed team of people who passionately care for the children in their charge. The majority of the children are picked up by a walking bus from Lane Green First School.
Roots is a Friday evening Youth Club for young people aged 9 to 13 years old. Roots Youth Club wants to welcome all young people, to come together in unity under one roof, put into practice Christian principles and values (such as no swearing, no racism, no violence and treating everyone equally). A cool and relaxed environment is created where young people can simply chill, play some recreational activities and the opportunity to build friendship and promote a youth community. There is a well-used tuck shop with sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks on sale. There are 70 young people on our books, of which 30 – 35 can turn up on any one evening.
Leaves – It is our hope to form a group aimed at young people aged 13+ where they have the opportunity to meet each other, talk about relevant topics and learn a bit more about Jesus. The young people will be able to have their own input and share their ideas and views with others.
Every Good Friday around 50 – 60 children take part in an activity morning followed by an informal service in church of songs, reading and prayers where the children have an opportunity to share with each other and their parents the activities that they have participated in.