Welcome to Children's and Youth Ministries
Children’s ministry is an integral part of Sunday morning services with a range of activities aimed at different age groups.
At the 10 am Emmanuel services, children aged 3 to 16 start in the body of the church and then move into separate age groups, using the school classrooms. A crèche room is provided for parents with children under three. Sunday Choice on the third Sunday begins 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 gather back for sharing and closing worship. Baptism families are invited to this service and join us for refreshments and Baptism preparation in the Activity room.
At the 10:30 am St John’s service children aged 2-11 meet in the Village Centre and return to the main service later. St John’s also has a crèche area. There is currently no children’s ministry for those aged 11+ at St John’s – we had hoped this would change in September 2020 but due to COVID-19 this has not been possible.
Children are encouraged to give a weekly gift towards an annual project. The Home and Overseas Mission Committee has matched this giving for several years.
Summer all age services are held in Emmanuel through the school holidays with the aim of engaging children and adults in all aspects of leading worship.
Since March 2020, our Children’s Ministry Team have offered regular online services for children, Zoom meetings and an online Light Party with Free Craft bags and Games via Zoom. A nativity nature trail was planned at Cuckoo’s Hollow (local lake and park) before we entered Tier 4. Messy Church has been online each month. In December, the Messy Church Team offered free Christingle bags and three physically attended Messy Christingle services were held in St John’s church.
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. Due to COVID-19 these children are waiting to have a celebration service with family and friends.
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 at the moment exploring the Youth Alpha Series.
Join us every term time Friday night from 7:30pm to 9:00pm for a fun youth family time. A welcoming space to belong, have fun and to explore God’s word interactively. For now, this is happening on zoom from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.
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.
Meet the Team