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
Sunday Zoom Church Activity - 9th May
This week at our 10am Zoom service, we are continuing our 'Holy Habits' series and our theme will be 'Prayer'. Hands are often a key feature of prayer - we may put our hands together when we pray, use each finger on our hands to remind us of things to pray for and during our prayers ask God to help us to use our hands wisely in our everyday lives to help and serve others. So, for our activity this week we are asking you to draw around your hands and decorate them, and then write or draw your prayer requests onto the fingers and thumbs. On one of your hands you might like to write the names of those in need of prayer, and on the other hand write or draw different situations that you'd like to pray about. We look forward to seeing your creations!
Messy Church and Coffee & Chat updates.....
UPDATE - April 2021 - Sessions will remain online for the foreseeable future.
With schools reopening last September, we thought long and hard about the feasibility of restarting Messy Church and Sing, Sign & Play ‘in person’ at the church hall. Since lockdown began, we have moved to online Zoom sessions, changing Sing, Sign & Play to ‘Coffee and Chat’ which lends itself better to the internet than me trying to sing with a delay!! We have felt that during these unprecedented times, this format has worked well and has provided an opportunity for carers to catch up with one another and children to listen to a bible story, participate in simple crafts and wave and chat to friends. We even still have bubble prayers! We are very grateful to everyone who has participated and supported us during this time.
Due to the nature of sessions, the hall environment and social distancing measures still being in place, we have concluded that at the present time sessions should still be provided online via Zoom. We are constantly monitoring the situation and hope that in the future things will change, but for the time being this feels like the safest option for all. Do please continue to join us as we head into the Spring, and if you are new to our sessions you can be sure of a warm welcome!
Messy Church at Home - 18th May 2021
Please click here to email for a link to the session.
(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 25th May 2021 (currently replacing Sing, Sign & Play during the pandemic)
Tuesday 25th May 2021 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!
Please click here to email for a link to Coffee & Chat
(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
Sundays - currently online via Zoom due to Covid-19
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.
CURRENTLY ONLINE (Messy Church @ Home and Coffee & Chat ) VIA ZOOM DUE TO COVID-19
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.