Children & Families
Lord’s Alive – bringing God’s love to children and families
Providing an engaging and varied offer of services and events for children, young people and families is a priority for the Benefice. Vicky Whitehouse and Kay Shuard are our licensed Authorised Lay Ministers (ALM) for Children and Youth work and they work alongside a team of volunteers to provide opportunities for children and their families to get more involved in the life of their local church, not just on a Sunday morning but out and about in their communities as well.
Kay and Vicky work closely with each of the three church schools in the Benefice (Callow End, Madresfield and Powick), supporting the life of the schools as embodied in their children, parents and staff. They engage through regular school services, Open the Book, Worship Crews, class visits to church and a lunchtime club in Powick school called Little Learners Christian Club and a lunchtime club at Callow End school called Jesus Disciples, both clubs named by the children, with a Worship Crew at Madresfield Primary School.
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020 Vicky and Kay began producing monthly videos to replace the family services. These can be viewed below.
The Church welcome children at all the services but recognise that it can be a challenge to maintain their interest for the entire time, so over the summer Vicky and Kay have revamped the children corners in our churches.
Lord's Alive Worship For All Services
From the Autumn 2021 Kay and Vicky are back 'live'!
September 19th they led a 'Circle of Life' service at St Peter's Church all about prayer and families together. They had special guests join the service - teddy bears, of all ages, young and old and all creations and sizes!
The teddy bears were very brave as they abseiled down from the church tower! Everyone had fun with the service, finishing off with doughnuts and fresh cream cakes!
The next Lord's Alive service is on October 17th at St James Church, 4pm, which will include activities, music, pizza and of course exploring Jesus and the Bible.
The Lord's Alive services are fun and interactive, featuring activities, videos and Christian pop songs designed to get people dancing along.
November 11th Remembrance Service they hope to be involved with the days service and parade - more details to be announced nearer the date.
The weekend of December 11th and 12th they announce an exciting new event where you will be able to follow nine (very life-like!) displays telling the story of the birth of Jesus at varaious locations around the village of Madresfield. See details below under Community Events.
Lord's Alive 2020 Online Services
The following services are available on line - just click on the relevant link:
Lord's Alive - Lifepath on YouTube can be found here
Lord's Alive December - https://fb.watch/2qZu6Ivmz0/
Lord's Alive November - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1281843642173380
‘What has inspired me over the last six months –‘
Lord's Alive October - https://fb.watch/1zrWcSvqeQ/
Lord's Alive September - https://fb.watch/1zrIdmEZPB/
Lord's Alive July - Tomorrow is a Mystery - http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3175112005898568
Lord's Alive July - Today is a Gift - http://www.facebook.com/lordsalive/videos/207388597210134
Lord's Alive July - Reflecting on the school year - http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=894552891056853
Lord's Alive June - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2582809145265110
Lord's Alive May - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2945182572227830
Post Easter Reflection - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=242986643421215
Lord's Alive April - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=540822366617654
Click here for a Lent 2021 Activity Sheet
Whats on offer for Children
Pre-school and Toddlers Service
This service is run by Rosemary McCulloch and is open to all pre-school children and toddlers. It is a short, engaging service based on a story or theme from the Bible. Children from Madresfield Early Years Centre always come along to join in and other children and their parents/carers are most welcome.
2021 & 2022 Service dates - just drop in
1.30pm-2pm at Madresfield Church
2021 October 5th
“Thank God for our senses” (include a story of Jesus healing)
December 14th “Christmas” (When the Christmas Trees are in place? I have a story about a Christmas tree beside the stable.)
2022 February 15th
“Through the roof” (friends, people who love and care for us?)
“Spring” (New life)
“Climbing the sycamore tree” (Jesus welcomes everyone.)
“The Good Shepherd” (Jesus is always there to help.)
Children’s Church at Madresfield
In 2020 we trialled a new Children’s Church at St Mary’s Church, Madresfield which ran straight after school on four Fridays, themed according to Christian festivals. The children create a group craft while parents/carers enjoy a drink and cake. The activity concludes at 4.15pm with a brief worship celebration. We are hoping to be back in church next Spring. Dates to be confirmed, if it resumes..
Messy Crafts for Children
These ‘messy’ events generally take place three or four times a year on a Saturday afternoon at St James’ Church, Callow End. They are linked to a theme or particular event in the Christian calendar and bring families together through the making of themed crafts which have included tea light snowmen, Oreo Christmas puddings and decorating stones to tell the Easter story. We generally conclude the afternoon with a short children-friendly act of worship.
Click here to see a Messy Crafts look back from Mothering Sunday and Easter 2020.
Hoping to be back Spring 2022!
Christian Lunchtime Clubs at Powick C.E School, Callow End C.E. School and Madresfield C.E. School
Our lunchtime clubs at our Primary schools are on hold at the moment, we are hoping to be back in all three schools next year.
We are supporting the Head teachers with Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas events in school and with the church services this term.
The clubs will meet weekly at lunchtimes during the Autumn and Spring terms and offer children a safe and fun space to learn more about Jesus and the Christian faith. Activities include games, crafts and writing prayers and poems for school services as well as at the end of each term leading a value-based assembly in all schools.
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.
Our next community event will be on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December this year! We are very excited to announce:
Walk of Wonder - follow the Nativity Trail as the Christmas story unfolds.
Follow a nativity trail around Madresfield village, with a video to download at each scene, visit the Christmas Tree festival in St Mary's Church and enjoy refreshments at Madresfield Early Years Centre.
At 3.30pm on Saturday 10th come and join in a Christmas Reflection at St Mary's Church, Madresfield, where you will be able to listen to Darrell the Donkey and Mary tell their stories of the birth of Jesus, listen to the First Accord choir and join in with some carolling.
Look out for local publicity as we draw near to Christmas.
Can you help us grow?
Can you spare a couple of hours a month? Can you sing and would love to help join in with the children’s songs? Or do you love crafting, could you help with some activities? 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.