Hello and welcome!
Here at All Saints we hold a variety of services and groups that are designed to cater for children and their families. Led on Sundays and throughout the week, we aim to provide welcoming, stimulating environments that enable our young members to have fun and form friendships, whilst learning more about God and growing in faith. Please read on to find out more, and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Jennie Fidler, Children & Family Worker ASK
Activity for Zoom Church Sunday 12th July 2020
This coming Sunday at the 10am church service, we continue our series ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ and our theme this week will be ‘self-control’. Our activity (or should I say challenge!) will involve having some colourful sweets like Smarties or Skittles, and using each colour to focus our prayers like we have done in the past. BUT, this time there’s a difference! We have to test how strong our self-control is, and see if we can wait until the end of the service before we’re allowed to finally eat the sweets! Can you do it?!
So, throughout the service, spend some time praying for different people and situations based on the colour themes shown below, and then we’ll see how many sweets are left at the end!
Messy Church and Coffee & Chat updates July 2020.....
Messy Church - Tuesday 7th July
This coming Tuesday 7th July will be Zoom Messy Church at Home, where our theme will be ‘Loaves & Fishes'.
We’d love for you to join us at 10am for some crafting, singing and story time fun, and of course bubble prayers!
You will find the following items useful...
- A piece of paper to draw a plate, knife and fork, or a colouring sheet printed using this link from 'Little Miss Craft':-
Colouring pens/crayons, paint or pictures cut from magazines etc. to decorate your plate with your favourite foods.
Duplo, Lego, or play dough if you'd rather build or shape food than colour!
A square piece of paper to make an origami fish.
We look forward to seeing you then!
Please click on the link below to join us at 10am on Zoom!
(Please note for safeguarding purposes all participants must be prepared to share video for the duration of the service. Thank you.)
Jennie & the team
Coffee and Chat - Tuesday 14th July
Tuesday 14th July will be Zoom Coffee & Chat! Alternating with Messy Church we hope to offer a chance for carers and their little ones to have a catch up with one another over a coffee. There’ll also be chance for our younger members to ‘show & tell’ any creations or achievements from the past week! 10am onwards. We look forward to seeing you!
LINK TO FOLLOW!
(Please note that for safeguarding purposes all participants must be prepared to share video for the duration of the service. Thank you.)
Jennie & the team
Families with babies and children are very welcome at Sunday services at our church! We love to involve our children, and so every Sunday there is a service suitable for them.
Most Sundays ‘FIG (Faith in God) Family’ runs in the church hall between 10am and 10.45am, after which we join the rest of our church family in the main church for Holy Communion. The main service then finishes at 11am. Tables and chairs for families are arranged informally in the hall, and refreshments are available for the duration of the service. Each week we aim to include some children’s worship songs, musical instruments, colouring/worksheets to complete, and activities to join in with, as well as the sermon and prayer activities. On the first Sunday of each month, ‘FIG Communion’ enables us to remain in the hall for the duration of the service.
Within church there is a seating area to the right as you enter the main building, which has a box of quiet toys and is where most families with young children prefer to sit as it has quick access to the toilets (with baby change facilities). We also have a room behind the congregation. This is an area where you can take babies and children to play, calm down or feed if you feel they are getting too upset in the service. Please ask where these areas are when you get to church and we will be pleased to assist you.
Messy Church alternates each week with Sing, Sign & Play and both groups are perfect for pre-school age children. Sessions are held in the church hall and take place on a Tuesday morning (during term time only) and cost £1.00 per child. They provide a great opportunity for a cuppa and a chat with other carers and their children, in a fun, friendly environment.
At Sing, Sign and Play, sessions start and finish with a time for free play in our light, spacious hall. A healthy snack is served to children at 10.45am and we move into the small hall for half an hour of singing and signing with Rachel, a qualified Speech & Language Therapist. Tea & coffee are available for carers throughout.
Messy Church is exactly what it says it is! Messy craft and play with a biblical theme. Each session we have a painting and sticking activity, along with colouring and play dough. The sand tray is always popular, as is the messy bath which may contain jelly, pasta, coloured rice, or shredded paper depending on the theme. Again tea & coffee are available for carers during this time. After an hour of play we serve a healthy snack and move to our small hall where we listen to the bible story, enjoy bubble prayers, and a time of singing the ‘Great Big God’ song plus other favourites.
After School Church
After School church runs at Gorseland Primary School on alternate Thursdays between 3.30pm and 4.30pm (term time only). Themes each term have included ‘I Am….’, ‘Who is God, Jesus? etc’ and coming soon ‘Bible Heroes’. Pupils attending receive a drink and snack on arrival, listen to or participate in a re-enactment of a bible story, and then join in with making various crafts that they can take home. Sessions close with a worship song and joining together in saying the Lord’s Prayer.