Welcome to Children's and Youth Ministries
Children’s ministry is an integral part of Sunday morning services.
The past two years have seen many changes in how we “do church”, but, throughout the pandemic and enforced church building closure, our Children’s Ministry team have worked hard to provide online sessions for our children.
Our church buildings are now open again, and, as people begin to return to church, the Children’s Ministry team at Emmanuel are excited to be planning and delivering face-to-face sessions. We are currently meeting with children from ages 3-11 all together in one group, but that may change as restrictions are lifted and numbers grow. Children’s Ministry is offered at every 10am service except the third Sunday. On the third Sunday of each month we celebrate with our GiFT service (Growing in Faith Together), where the focus is on families worshipping together.
At St John’s we welcome children and families and we have a carpeted children’s area with toys and books for children to access during our services. We offer Children’s Ministry at St John’s on two Sundays each month (usually the 1st and 4th Sunday).
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 1 Peter; CONFIDENCE IN A COMPLEX WORLD, a study that is being done by the whole church. Our meetings take place at the WPVC Small Hall 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 meet 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 4:00pm. Follow us on IG via @thewpcyouth.
For those who love the great game of football, do join us for Thursday Tekkers, every Thursday from 3:30pm -5:30pm on the fields next to Ken Stimpson Community School. Open to all in secondary school age category.
Meet the Team