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 with a crèche facility for the youngest members of our congregation, if they need a bit of time out.
The Pebbles Group also meets during the 9.15am service. Pebbles are 4-7 years old and meet in the Guide Hut in Church Road North for a half-hour session usually linked to the weekly readings. We have a Bible story to read or act out, an activity to illustrate our theme and a colouring or craft activity. We always finish with a prayer. Being a Pebble means learning about our faith in a relaxed and fun way.
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.
Toddlers & Twins club runs every Tuesday in term time from 9-11am at Trinity Community Hall. We have a variety of toys including puzzles, construction sets, trains or cars, dolls and tea sets, tunnels and toys for babies to keep the little ones amused. Refreshments, biscuits and toast are available. We also run a craft table and sing songs with instruments or a parachute for the last half hour. Cost is £2.50 per family and 50p for extra siblings. There is currently a waiting list for those wanting to join this group. Contact our Church Office to discover more.
We run the Pulse, an after school club jointly with the Methodist Church. This is for children of St Peter's School and Trinity School on Thursday afternoons at their respective schools. It is focused on art, craft and drama.
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 our 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 also prepare a Nativity Play which is shared at the 9.15 service on the Sunday before Christmas
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:
Jean Eburne - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean 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.
If you would like to know more our children’s work or perhaps would like to offer your time and skills please speak to one of the clergy team. We provide training and support for all our helpers.