Our Children’s ministry has had a makeover!

posted Sep 26, 2014, 8:14 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 8:16 AM by Simon Talbot ]
Over the summer we have been busy renaming and creating new logos to support our children’s ministry and help us to improve our communications with the village about all that is going on with the children and families to the village.

We want everyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith to be welcomed and so we have picked the name ‘Explorers’ encouraging the children and their families to explore by asking questions and examine the Christian faith and the teachings of Jesus. We will try to find creative ways to tell the stories in the Bible, listen to the children and share and God has given Sarah, Lucy, Moira and Penny a real heart to encourage us all to get involved with this exciting mission wherever we can!

Sunday morning Explorers

At St Mary's we recognise that children are a very important part of our church community. We want to offer children a vibrant, happy environment and so on Sunday mornings, during our 11am service, our Explorers group provides a range of activities for them. We either escape to Square Corner (close to the church) for Bible story, games, songs and craft, or we have a craft table with activities the main service. Parents are welcome to join in!

Explorers is aimed at those aged 5-11 years but younger children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Our aim is to provide children with an opportunity to explore the Christian faith for themselves in a creative and age-appropriate way, as well as to build friendships and have fun! We base our teaching on Roots material (http://www.rootsontheweb.com/) and our Children's Ministry team take it in turns to led and support the sessions.

For our youngest visitors we have toys and books available in both the Church and Square Corner, where there are also toilets and baby changing facilities. Babies and toddlers are welcome!

We always rejoin the rest of the congregation after our session, in time for squash and biscuits at the end!

We also have an Explorer’s Café once a month (a new name for the old TASTE Café) and the Explorers Story clubs in Kingwood Childcare, and the Primary School, run by Sarah Rock-Evans.

Click on to learn more about our children’s ministry and the people involved! (more)