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

Messy Church and Coffee, Chat & Play UPDATE - Sept 2021

Return to in-person sessions!

We are excited to announce that Tuesday 7th September 2021 sees the return of in-person children's activities at All Saints! It has been 18 months since we last met in the church hall, but with the removal of Covid restrictions in July, we are ready to welcome you back at the start of the new school year.  Initially we will commence with Coffee, Chat & Play sessions. The main church is currently closed due to the completion of our lighting project which means that unfortunately we do not have full access to all rooms within the church hall and so we are not in a position to run Messy Church at the present time.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and will reintroduce Messy Church sessions as soon as is feasible.

Sessions will run from 10am to 11.30am and cost £1.50 per child.  In order for us to plan for numbers after such an extended break, it would help us greatly if you felt able to, to let us know each week if you plan on coming to our sessions.  Please email me - Jennie Fidler - Children & Family worker and session leader.  We completely understand that life with little ones doesn't always go to plan however, so please do not worry if you either can't make sessions or only decide to come at the last minute!  You can be sure of a very warm welcome.  We look forward to seeing you once again!

Please note:-
As you will all be aware, there continues to be a level of Covid in schools, workplaces and the general environment. When you attend Coffee, Chat & Play, please be aware that all staff are taking frequent lateral flow tests as advised by the government. If any members of staff were to be awaiting the results of a PCR test they would not attend the group in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. We would politely request that if you or your child are awaiting the results of a PCR, that you would do the same. Many thanks for your understanding and assistance in this matter.

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Please note some changes are in operation 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.

Messy Church and Coffee, Chat & Play

Please note some changes are in operation due to Covid 19

Messy Church alternates each week with Coffee, Chat & Play and both groups are perfect for pre-school age children.  Sessions are held in the church hall from 10am until 11.30 am and take place on a Tuesday morning (during term time only) and cost £1.50 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 Coffee, Chat & Play sessions offer time for free play in our light, spacious hall.  A snack is served to children at 10.45am and we finish sessions with a short singing/story time.  Tea & coffee are available for carers.

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.  After an hour of play we serve a 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. 

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