Welcome to Children's and Youth Ministries
Children’s ministry is an integral part of Sunday morning services.
Before the pandemic, at the 10am Emmanuel services, children aged 3 to 16 started in the body of the church and then moved into separate age groups, using the school classrooms. A crèche room was provided for parents with children under three. Sunday Choice on the third Sunday began in the hall with all age worship based on a Bible reading and theme, followed by a choice of Zone Time: GIFT growing in faith together (families); Chat zone (Bible focus); Worship; Picture and Word zone; Craft zone (secondary age and adults); Quiet zone and Prayer ministry. We gathered back for sharing and closing worship. Baptism families were invited to this service and joined us for refreshments and Baptism preparation in the Activity room. At the 10:30am St John’s service children aged 2-11 met in the Village Centre and returned to the main service later. St John’s also has a crèche area.
We now have Children’s Ministry at our 10am service; on the third Sunday of each month we celebrate with our GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) service where the focus is families worshiping together. Our aim is to eventually provide the same Children’s Ministry as before the pandemic; the timetable is clearly dependent on how the pandemic changes and government/Church of England guidance.
In early 2020 we were delighted to have ten of our church family children join us with a parent, for “Welcome to the Lord’s Table” a practical course by Margaret Withers for preparing children to receive Holy Communion. Most of these children have recently celebrated their first communion.
Meet the Team
Young people form an integral part of our existence and our mission to them remains intentional. We consider them as equals in the family of faith as well as having the responsibility to equip them for mature discipleship.
The purpose of this ministry is to draw the young people closer continually and consistently to Christ, combining the elements of fun, food, family and faith to form a connected and an authentically relational family of God’s people. Our strategy is to have a good mix of regular and one-off activities that young people can engage with, as well to connect us to them.
Pre-lockdown, we have groups for various age groups and abilities meeting alongside Sunday services. From time to time we also offered different activities such as Activity World, Laserforce, Youth Evangelism Conference, Honours Night, Youth Christmas Drama, Christmas parties, McDonald’s Walk, carol singing at Sweetbriar sheltered housing complex. We attend The Point, a CROPS run city-wide monthly event; and take our young people to the ‘Letton Hall House Party’ residential and a Summer Camp such as Soul Survivor.
In the COVID-19/digital environment it has been a challenge to maintain the engagement of our youth but the Youth Minister has continued to reach out and provide pastoral support. The approach has been a hybrid one – a mixture of digital youth work and some physical gatherings.
Bringing together young people to explore a devotion to worshipping God, learning the scriptures, praying, and sharing their faith stories with each other. Our one aim is becoming more rooted in our faith in Jesus. We are currently going through the book of Proverbs a study that is being done by the whole church. Our meetings take place at the Lighthouse every term time Sunday from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
Join us every term time Friday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for a fun youth family time. A welcoming space to belong, have fun and to explore God’s word interactively. We are back to meeting physically at the Village Centre and we welcome all young people in school years 7-13.
Join us live on Instagram as we discuss session by session of a wonderful bible Study resource for our young people called APPLY – ‘Turning Bible reading to Bible Living’. This is all free and you can watch from wherever you are every Friday at 4:30pm. Follow us on IG via @thewpcyouth.
For those who love the great game of football, do join us for Thursday Tekkers, every Thursday from 4:30pm -6:30pm on the fields next to Ken Stimpson Community School. Open to all in secondary school age category.
Meet the Team