St. Augustine's Church offers something for children every Sunday at both the 9.30am and the 11am services. We aim to share our love of Jesus in a fun, imaginative and age-appropriate setting, and we offer a variety of activities and age groups so that children can enjoy meeting with friends to develop their faith and learn more about the bible.
The service pattern for the month is as follows:
1st Sunday Family-friendly all-age service
2nd Sunday Children's Church with age-grouped activities
3rd Sunday Children's Church with age-grouped activities
4th Sunday Children's Church with age-grouped activities
Busy Bees - 0 - 3 years
This group provides structured activities for toddlers including singing, storytime and craft. The group meets in the Parish Centre in the Upper Mill Room. The group is run by team leaders and helpers, and parents are encouraged to leave their child in the session and return back to the service.
Parents with babies younger than 18 months are welcome to join the group but an adult must remain with the child (be prepared for some parental participation!).
Teddybears - 3-5 years
This group provides structured activities for children in early years 1 and 2, and is held in the Parish Centre in the small carpeted room at the end of the Upper Mill Room. The group is run by team leaders and helpers, and teaching is based on a themed, age-specific scheme that uses a variety of games, stories, music and craft to bring Bible stories to life. Simple values and their application in the children's lives are introduced, such as love, sharing, kindness and helping others.
Adventurers - school years 1-3
This group provides structured activities for children in school years 1-3, and is held in the kitchen end of the main Parish Centre hall. The group is run by team leaders and helpers, and teaching follows the same themes as the Teddybears group to allow family discussion at home. Again, teaching uses a mix of storytelling, drama, games, craft, worksheets and discussion to explore the topic.
Explorers - school years 4-5
This group provides structured activities for children in school years 4-5, and is held in the far end of the main Parish Centre hall. The group is led by team leaders and helpers, and aims to provide a more hands-on approach for the children to explore in more depth their questions about God and their faith. The theme is the same as the younger groups although the stories may vary to reflect the increasing maturity of the group.
These sessions run on the third Sunday in the month in the main Parish Centre hall. They are for all children in Adventurers and Explorers (currently the year 6 and 7 teens can also choose to attend this group rather then stay in the service on this week). The aim of the sessions is to develop friendships across the groups and ease transition from one age group to another. The sessions for led by team leaders and helpers, and are based on the theme for the term being explored in the group teaching and expand on it through games, drama or music. Older children are encouraged to nurture and assist younger children in the activities and develop team working.
Youth Activities at 9.30am and 11am
Ablaze - school years 6-10 - is held in the Youth Room, in the basement of the vicarage. Led by team leaders and helpers, young people enjoy a hot chocolate, tea or squash and toast and then join in with a discussion based topic. There is also time for worship activities and prayer.
children´s activities at the 11am Service
BLAST - Bible Learning Adventure STations
Our Children's Group at the 11am service is called BLAST and is for children aged 3 and upwards. The group is led by team leaders and helpers, and is held in the Parish Centre in the Upper Mill Room. Teaching in these sessions is based on a different theme each week using a variety of story-telling, games, crafts, worksheets, drama and music. Discussion is encouraged particularly with the older children as they explore their faith. Friendships are built across the group and older children are encouraged to nurture and assist the younger children. At the end of the service, or prior to communion on 1st and 3rd Sundays, children are brought back into church, and at the end of the service they do a short presentation to the congregation to show what they have been learning.
Please contact Sarah Welch for further information about BLAST by clicking here.
Consent and registers for all children's groups
We require all parents to complete a consent form prior to their child/children attending a group. This also informs us of any allergies we need to be aware of, should we provide them with a snack during the session. We also require parents to sign a register each week for children being left in Busy Bees.
We ensure that all leaders and helpers have undergone a DBS check before working with children to ensure we maintain a safe environment for your child. Our named child protection officer is Wendy Hickford and may be contacted by clicking here