Children

Our Aims

Through sharing activities and fun, we aim to encourage children, at their own level, to develop a relationship with Jesus, learn to pray and discover the Bible. We do this by:
• Showing that we value, love and respect our children
• Keeping them safe
• Providing quality, age-appropriate activities
• Working with parents in being Christian role models
• Praying expectantly for God to work in children’s lives
• Having fun!

If you want to see our policy on working with children and young people, please click here Safeguarding Children & Young People (2016)

Sunday Mornings

Babies
Babies are very welcome to stay in church during the 10am service. If they are unsettled or if it is easier for you then please join the Crèche in the lower room at the back of church, details below. There are baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet in the main church next to the kitchen and in the Crèche.

Crèche
The Crèche is for children up to 3 years old and is situated in the lower room at the back of church. The children join Crèche part way through the service, parents are encouraged to leave children (toddlers to 3) with our team and we ask that they are signed in and out by their parents to ensure their safety. They have the opportunity to sing and play in a friendly and relaxed environment. Parents are asked not to check on their children during the session as we have found this unsettles the children, we will come and find you if your child becomes unsettled.

MiniClub
MiniClub is for pre-school children aged 3 & 4 and takes place in the lower room at the back of church. Children are signed in and out by their parents to ensure their safety. MiniClub sessions begin with a song, hearing a Bible story followed by craft based activities related to the story/songs and then time to play.

Sunday Club Infants
Sunday Club Infants is for children in school, Reception to Year 2, they meet in the back room of the Church Hall. Sunday Club Infants leave part way through the service, they are escorted to the Church Hall by the Group Leaders. Parents are responsible for collecting them at the end of the session. The sessions are varied and include singing, chatting together, learning about Jesus, playing games, making things and praying. Sometimes their session starts with an activity with Sunday Club Juniors in the main area of the Church Hall.

Sunday Club Juniors
Sunday Club Juniors is for children in school years 3 to 5, they meet in the Church Hall. Sunday Club Juniors leave part way through the service, they are escorted to the Church Hall and returned to church at the end of the session by their leaders. The sessions follow a contemporary programme gaining a deeper understanding of the themes and characters of the Bible. Sessions include central teaching, small group discussions, games, craft and prayers.

Year 6 and beyond
There is a separate programme of activities for children in Year 6 and beyond, please see the youth page.

All-Age Worship
On the third Sunday of each month children and young people stay in church with the rest of the church family for an all-age service involving everyone.

Through the Week

Sunflowers
Sunflowers is for parents and carers with children aged from birth to 4 years. Click here for details

Rainbows & Brownies
There are Rainbow and Brownie packs associated with the church. Both packs meet on Fridays during term time in the Church Hall.  You can contact the leaders via the church office (Click here for contact details).

Rainbows meet 16:30 to 17:30
Brownies from 17:45 – 19:15

For more information about Girl Guides, please visit their website www.girlguiding.org.uk/ 

Holy Apostles school
There is a local primary school connected with the church and there are strong links between the school & church. Rod visits the school regularly and takes assemblies.  The children visit the church for services. Some members of the church are foundation governors.  For more information please contact the Headteacher Gareth Davies on 01242 526858 or use the link to access their website www.holyapostles.gloucs.sch.uk

And yet more
Through the year we occasionally run ‘one off’ events such as:
• Praise Parties
• Light Party
• Parenting courses

More Information
If you need more information about the children’s work at Holy Apostles please contact our Children’s and Families Worker: Beanie Farrimond beanie.farrimond@holyapostles.org.uk