Children & Youth

Here at St. John’s we have a range of activities during the week for children starting with crèche and going right up until they finish primary school and join our youth groups. We run groups for children in church and visit our local primary schools regularly.

So if you're ready to find out more..... here's the low-down starting with mid-week groups and then Sunday.

Mid-week

Little Lambs (ages 0-4 and their carers)

Little Lambs

We'd love you and your little one(s) to join us at Little Lambs every Wednesday during term time. Each session is designed to give parents, carers and children opportunities to relax, have fun, build new friendships and learn about the Christian faith in a creative way.

Toys are set out for free play. We also have some areas identified for more structured play and craft activities. Parents are encouraged to join in during story and singing time.

Once a term, we enjoy a short creative service in church with the children & their carer’s. It’s fun and friendly and ideally suited to the little ones.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more information, contact Christine Donnelley by email or telephone 01704 897852.

Games n Grub (school years 7-11)

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm in the church. You are welcome to come along and challenge your friends or the leaders to one of the many games we have. You can also grab a milkshake & slice of toast, do some homework or just relax chat with your friends and the awesome leaders!For more information contact Joanna Marshall by email or 01704 897852.

 

 

 

 

JC's (school years 7 & 8)

JC's

This is a lively and dynamic group for young people in years 7 -9. We meet on a Wednesday evening 19:00-21:00 in the Church Hall.

We have a varied programme of events aimed at supporting one another, as we journey from childhood into the adult world. We enjoy some Christian teaching around issues that we face in our daily lives and lots of fun and games!

For more information please contact Joanna Marshall by email or telephone 01704 897852.

 

SOS  Fridays (school years 3-6)

We meet on the second Friday of each month from 6.30pm-8.00pm in the Church Hall.

SOS (Sharing our Stories) is a group where children can enjoy a whole range of activities with the fantastic SOS leaders as they share stories and keep busy with crafts and games.

For more information, contact Danny Abraham 01704 897852

 

Elevation Dance – for children in year 2 and above.

We are a dance group for boys and girls, with or without dance experience.  We explore dance as a fun and creative way to worship God.

We meet in the Church on Thursday nights 5pm-6pm.  For more information, contact Lucy Baxter 01704 897852

 

 

 

 

Midweek house groups

We have a number of house groups for young people years 9 and above and also one for those aged 18-25. For more information contact Joanna Marshall 01704 897852

Energi

Year 9 upwards Sunday 5:30-6:45 in church hall. This is an opportunity to come and burn off some energy, running around, having a laugh with our team of energetic youth leaders! Games are suitable for all abilities and fitness levels.

 

 

Sunday

Groups are available in the 11:00 morning service and for older teenagers in the evening at St. John's.

We begin every Sunday morning together. After approximately 15 minutes together in church, school age children are invited to enjoy time with friends in dedicated groups. This is a creative time of teaching, fun and friendship led by their leaders. The groups are organised by age and are led by teams of volunteer leaders supported by Joanna Marshall and Jo Ireton who co-ordinate the church’s ministry to children and young people.

Once a month (second Sunday), all ages enjoy worshipping together in the same service. These services are informal and engaging.

Anyone is welcome to join the groups and parents will be asked to fill in a registration form on their child's first visit. Why not visit us this Sunday and see what it's all about?

Sunday morning groups:

An area at the front of church is reserved for parents/ carers with babies. There are some soft toys, books and space for babies to lie/play during the service

A staffed creche is also available for children 3 and under during the 11.00 all age service. For more information contact Jenny Becksmith 01704 897852

Parents are welcome to encourage their children to enjoy time with the leaders as they share stories, sing, colour, play and have refreshments.

 

SOS (school years pre-school to Year 6)

At SOS we split the children into age related groups and aim to follow through the teaching themes of the church in an appropriate & fun way. This is interspersed with craft or themed mornings where we might play games or take part in a whole range of different activities. Our aim is to build friendship as we learn about God together.

For more information please contact Jo Ireton by email or telephone 01704 897852.

JC’s (school years 7 - 9)

JC's At JCs & FROG we love to have fun & talk!

Our primary aim is to build strong relationships with each other & with God so that we can support one another as we journey through life. Our sessions explore a range of church themes & lifestyle issues. We see what the Bible teaches us and how we can apply this in our daily lives.

For more information please contact Joanna Marshall by email or telephone 01704 897852

PUSH

We meet on a Sunday evening from 18:00-20:30. We have an informal social time followed by the evening service. We also have some social events such as bowling & Quasar. Overnight trips away are also good fun.

For more information, contact Sandra Smith by email or telephone 01704 897852.