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. We engage through regular school services, Open the Book, Worship Crews, class visits to church and a lunchtime club in Powick school called Little Leaners Christian Club.

 

Lord's Alive Services on Line

The following services are available on line - just click on the relevant link:

Lord's Alive November - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1281843642173380

‘What has inspired me over the last six months –‘

https://fb.watch/1zrZq813H2/

https://fb.watch/1zr_rZ95gP/

https://fb.watch/1zr-dM48-y/

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

Pentecost - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=294711038591568

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

 

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.

Little Learners Christian Club (LLCC), Powick C.E Primary School 

This is a lunchtime club (named by the children) run by our ALMs Vicky and Kay, who are also both governors as well as parents of former Powick School children.

LLCC meets weekly on Thursday lunchtimes during the Autumn and Spring terms and offers 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 such as Christingle and Mothering Sunday. Activities have included building the temple in Jerusalem out of Lego (Candlemas), making fox faces and spider webs (Creation), and playing Bible book bingo (learning about the Bible)!

 

Community events 

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 after school club for primary school children.

Watch this space for our next great community project!

Whats on offer for Children

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!

What’s on offer for children and families? 

Note: Proposed dates and times for all the services and events below can be found on the Lord’s Alive 2020 event sheet. Please check the Home page for updates due to the coronavirus situation.

On the second Sunday of every month we hold our Lord’s Alive all-age family worship service at 4pm in St James’ Church, Callow End. We are thrilled to be using a new worship resource being developed by iSingPOP, a primary school music project that brings together school, church and community. The services are fun and interactive, featuring activities, videos and Christian pop songs designed to get people dancing along.

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.

Children’s Church

In 2020 we are trialling a new Children’s Church at St Mary’s Church, Madresfield which runs 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.

 

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.

Community events

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.