Children and Young People

 

Children, Young People and their Families are a really important part of life at St John’s and are welcome to join all of our services.

The church has a child-friendly area which you can use during any service; which contains a selection of toys, books and craft materials which will support your child’s worship. We’ve tried to provide quiet toys, but please don’t worry if your child does make a bit of noise! You’re welcome to use the toys in the area or take them back to your seat.

 

There are also a number of services and activities that are especially suitable for children, these include:

Children's Church - which runs most Sundays during term time

All Age Services - which occur once a month, on the 2nd Sunday, at 10am

Messy Church - which occurs a few times per year, usually on a Saturday afternoon

Toddle Along - our weekly toddler group on a Monday morning

and

Youth Group - which takes place on a Sunday evening

 


News and Pictures....

This winter, in the season of presents and family, the Waterfalls wanted to turn their attention to making a positive difference to people in the community who need a bit of extra help. Taking Mathew ch. 25 as their inspiration - "When I was naked, you clothed me" - the children designed posters and organised a collection of blankets for Jimmy's Night Shelter. As always, the congregation was astonishingly generous and we soon had a huge pile of blankets and sleeping bags to donate at "the coldest part of the year, [when] the difference between what we have and what the homeless have seems starker," as the children said in their notice to the church. 

 

The day for delivering the blankets, Sunday 20th January, turned out to be one of the coldest in the year so far, which made our errand feel even more relevant.  Armed with their bags, the Waterfalls walked to Jimmy’s and delivered their donation, but their reaction was not one of satisfaction at having helped.  On the contrary, the children came away sad to see that there is such big facility for homeless people, that there is such need in our community.

 

Having a new understanding of Matthew 11 – “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” – the children returned to church for a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.  However sad it made them feel, they should know that they have made a real difference this winter.

 

Watch this space for the Waterfalls’ next project, raising awareness and money for Motor Neurone Disease.


End  of term fun in the snow
End of term fun in the snow

Messy Church

Good Friday saw St John's holding a wonderful Messy Church. Lots of crafts were made along with some yummy Easter biscuits. We had lots of children, and grown ups, joining in the fun. We then shared a lovely lunch after working hard on all our activities. Keep an eye on our website for the next Messy Church we would love to see you!

Waterfalls and Fountains

Our older group Waterfalls lead Children's Church for our group Fountains. They focussed on Psalm 23 "The Lord Is My Shepherd". The children planned the activities, read and explained the Psalm to the younger group and helped them with the activities. Waterfalls were very pleased with how their session went and were very pleased with their homemade bread named David, in honour of King David! Well done Waterfalls!