Children & Families
Children / Young People’s ministry
Developing our mission in respect of children, young people and families is a priority for the two parishes ( also known as a benefice) . To support this, Vicky Whitehouse and Kay Shuard are currently undertaking training in Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) for Children and Youth work; many new ideas and projects are being planned over the next twelve months that will provide opportunities for children and their families to get more involved in the life of their local church, not just on a Sunday morning at church but out and about in their communities as well.
We work closely with each of the three church schools in the Benefice, supporting the life of the schools as embodied in their children, parents and staff. There are regular school services, Open the Book, class visits to church and a lunchtime club (at Powick). ISingPop has also taken place in two of the schools which was a truly uplifting experience for everyone involved.
We welcome children at all our services but recognise that it can be a challenge to maintain their interest for the entire time, so working to wards creating dedicated activity corners in all four of our churches, where they don't exist!
Messy Crafts for Children
These events take place at St James’ Church, Callow End on various Saturdays throughout the year, generally 3 or 4 per year. They are linked to a theme or particular event in the Christian calendar and bring families together through the making of themed crafts, from tea light snowmen to Oreo Christmas puddings to decorating stones to tell the Easter story. We generally conclude the afternoon with a short children-friendly act of worship.
Little Learners Christian Club, Powick C.E Primary Church of England School
This is a lunchtime club (named by the children) run by two trainee ALMs, Vicky Whitehouse and Kay Shuard, who are also both governors as well as parents of former Powick C.E Primary School children.
During the Autumn Term of 2018, Year 6's were invited to attend the Club and they enjoyed time together involving various games and activities, culminating in the creation of Lego nativity scenes at Christmas! Some of the children also took part in the school's Christingle service, demonstrating the story of the Christingle and its meaning.
The Spring Term of 2019 saw 22 children from KS2 attending the club where, helped by a group of Year 6 children, they learnt about women and mums from the Bible, alongside games and making a gift for Mother's Day.
Over the Summer Term we will be looking at the Lord’s Prayer through creativity, craft and worship.
We have an amazing track record of organising events which engage people across the communities:
In 2016 we held Nativity Live at St Peter’s Church in Powick. This event involved over 80 people, including school children and the local Scouting and Guiding groups, in an evening that brought people together for a wonderful family Christmas celebration.
In 2018 we co-ordinated Advent Live, a community project that took place throughout December, offering different activities every day including Christmas Jumper day in the schools, a Christmas Tree Festival and a Christmas Jackanory.
Recognising the busy lives that children and families have at weekends, from 2015 to 2017 we ran Lord’s Alive, an afterschool club for primary school children.
Can you help us grow?
If you would like to get involved in helping us develop our activities for children and young people we would love to hear from you. Get in touch by using the form below.