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.

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.

From the Autumn 2021 Kay and Vicky are back ‘live’! September 19th and October 17th they will be at St Peter’s Church, 4pm for their Lord’s Alive Worship For All service which will include activities, music, food and of course exploring Jesus and the Bible.

November 11th Remembrance Service they hope to be involved with the days services and parade, more details to be announced nearer the date. 

The weekend of December 11th and 12th they can 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 various locations around the village of Madresfield. More details to follow.

*NEW* Lord's Alive - Lifepath on YouTube can be found here

 

Lord's Alive 2020 Online Services

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

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 –‘

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

 

Downloadable Resources

Click here for a Lent 2021 Activity Sheet

 

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 Lookback from Mothering Sunday and Easter 2020.

 

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. 

Our next community event will be December 10th and 11th this year!  We are very excited to be once again organising a community event for our Parishes and schools.  The event will be a nativity trail around the village of Madresfield, with a Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s church.  Planning is in progress and we will announce more details soon.

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 towards creating dedicated activity corners in all four of our churches, where they don't exist!

What’s on offer for children and families? 

From this Autumn on the third Sunday of the month we will be recommencing our Lord’s Alive Worship For All service at 4pm in the Benefice.

September 19th at St Peter’s Church, Powick will be ‘Circle of Life’ service where we hope to be outside in the churchyard exploring but needing a little bit of extra help with teddy bears (please bring your own favourite teddy) and with a special guest singer Caitlin.

October 17th at St Peter’s Church, Powick will be a celebration of harvest time.

November Lord’s Alive will be on Remembrance Sunday 11th joining in with the parade and service.

Decembers Lord’s Alive will be a brand-new exciting event located in Madresfield village with a nativity trail and a Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s church, with refreshments and an Christmas activity.  More information will be announced soon.

The Lord’s Alive 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. Dates for 2021 to be confirmed.

Children’s Church

In 2020 we were 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.  We are hoping to be back in church this Autumn. Dates to be confirmed.

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.

Christian Lunchtime Clubs at Powick C.E School, Callow End C.E. School and Madresfield C.E School

 

Vicky and Kay, our ALMs, will be running again this Autumn the lunchtime clubs at Powick school Little Learners Christian Club, Callow End School Jesus Disciples and introducing a Worship Crew at Madresfield school.

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.

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. 

Decembers Lord’s Alive will be a brand-new exciting event located in Madresfield village with a nativity trail and a Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s church, with refreshments and an Christmas activity.  More information will be announced soon.

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.