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KidsZone takes place each Sunday as part of our Sunday Brunch and Sunday Gathering. Activities include: stories from the Bible in a fun, fast moving, creative manner; action songs; craft; DVDs; and our puppets. Most of these activities we share with the mums and dads at the end of the session.
There are three groups for children on Sunday mornings, one for ages 4 - 7, one for ages 8 - 12 and the other for ages 13 and over. The material we use is produced especially for children of different age ranges by Scripture Union. Each group is run by a team of leaders and helpers who are DBS checked. Our Child Protection Policy can be viewed here. There is a creche for pre-school children with all sorts of toys for them to play with during the morning. This is manned by a team of helpers, all with DBS checks.
On a Sunday Brunch (first Sunday) the children stay with us for the first 40 minutes and then they go off to do a craft. On a Sunday Gathering (second, third and fourth Sundays) the children stay with us for the first 20 minutes of worship and then go off to their various groups. On a Family Service (5th Sunday and all throughout August) the children are very much a part of the service throughout.
Ten minutes before the end of most of our Sunday Gatherings the children come back in and share what they have being doing in their groups. Come and try us out - you won't be disappointed!
|Summer Holiday Club 2017 - Showstoppers
At the beginning of August, the hall at the Forest End site of Church End Lower School became the scene of the Showstoppers Theatre.
On the Sunday before our Holiday Club officially began, everyone was invited to a launch event followed by a BBQ in the school playground.
During the week over 60 guests met the Director and many others involved in putting on shows in the Showstoppers Theatre. The children, ranging in age from Reception Class to Year 4, got up to all sorts of fun activities, including: hearing stories from the Bible told by puppets and a troop of actors; singing; doing warm-up exercises; making lots of different crafts; doing quizzes; playing games; and much, much more! And if it ever got too noisy - the Spotlight made an appearance!
Parents / carers and their smaller children were encouraged each day to stay for a while and see what the children got up to and enjoy some refreshments. The week ended with parents / carers coming for the last part of Friday morning to get a taste of all that the children had been doing during Showstoppers.
Unfortunately there was no Summer Holiday Club this year due to major works being carried out at both Church End and Forest End School sites.
Summer Holiday Club 2019
5th - 9th August
More details to follow.
|Easter & Christmas Crafts
During the year we run two craft days for children of Lower School age (Reception - Year 4), one at Easter and the other at the beginning of December in the run up to Christmas.
We usually have around 40 children attend each of these craft days. The days start at 10.00am and run on until 1.30pm. The day consist of a number of seasonal crafts, with the children moving between them as they chose. The day also includes DVDs, activity sheets, and good old fashioned party games. The children bring their own packed lunch with them, and we provide biscuits and drinks. They are held in the school hall at the Forest End site of Church End Lower School. These days also provide the opportunity for parents to enjoy some time to put their feet up or especially at Christmas to do some shopping.
|Child Safeguarding||As a church we take child safeguarding very seriously, believing it to be part of our duty to make sure our children are kept as safe as possible. All who work with children in the church have Disclosure Certificates, which are kept updated regularly, and attend training on safeguarding practice. We also have a full Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, which follow guidelines issued by the The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service - you can view a copy here. To find out more, please speak to our Designated Person for Safeguarding, Mu Chambers or her deputy, Keith Pullin, or our minister, Steve Gaunt.|