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Children's Ministry

Fran Smettem is our Children and Families Worker
 
Children are always welcome at our services. St Peter’s has a special children’s corner and play bags are available at both churches.

On Sundays the 9.15am service at St Peter’s offers a relaxed atmosphere for families.
 
The Pebbles Group meets during the 9.15am service in term time. Pebbles are at primary school and meet in the Guide Hut in Church Road North for a half-hour session using a variety of resources to explore our faith, from cardboard tube hearts to jam jars and much more in between. Sessions include story time and an activity to help us think about how it relates to us. Being a Pebble means learning about faith in a relaxed and fun way.
 
 
 
Junior Youth Event is for children from school years R to 5. It meets on the second Sunday of each month, between 4.30 and 5.30pm. We are best known for FUN! but food and faith feature as well. If you'd like to be involved pick up a leaflet in church, come along on the day or contact the Church office for more details.
 
During the week
Church Tots meet on Tuesdays in term time from 2.15-3.15pm at St Peter’s Church. We have a short service for the under-fives and their carers, with action songs, a story or an activity and a prayer. After squash and biscuits toddlers enjoy each other's company, playing with toys and making something to take home. Adults enjoy a chat and a cup of tea. Some leave early to pick up older children from school.

T3 – Trinity Toddlers & Twins - runs every Tuesday in term time from 9.15-10.45am at Trinity Community Hall. We have a variety of toys including puzzles, construction, trains, dolls, small world play and toys for babies to keep the little ones amused. Tea, toast and biscuits keep us well fuelled for a morning of fun. One of the most popular tables is our craft table, available through the morning, and we finish with a story and some songs. Cost is £2.50 per family and 50p for extra siblings. Contact Fran to find out more.
 
 
 
Church and School link
Part of our ministry includes regular contact with the schools in the town, especially St Peter’s our Church of England school and Trinity our Anglican / Methodist school.
 
Regular Events throughout the year
Our Christingle Services a couple of weeks before Christmas are very popular and attract over 400 children spread across three services.

On Christmas Eve we hold four Crib and Toy services where children and young people bring toys to be given to families in one of the local shelters for families escaping from domestic violence.

The children prepare a Nativity Play which is shared at the 9.15 service on the Sunday before Christmas – this year the rehearsal is on Saturday 17 December and the play will be during the service on Sunday 18 December. Fran will be looking for recruits shortly!

We also join in with diocesan, deanery and ecumenical events meeting up with other churches in the area. It reminds us that we are part of a wider church family.
 
Our duty of care
We approach all our work with children in a caring and professional way with their spiritual, physical and emotional well being at heart.

All of the adults working with the children are given guidelines for good working practice and are expected to work within them. They are also police checked before commencing work according to diocesan policy.

Our Safe Guarding person is:
Jenny Adams safeguarding@portisheadparish.co.uk.
 
Jenny plays an active part in the recruitment procedure and takes volunteers through the police checking. She is also available to discuss any concerns you have about the welfare of children.