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At St Matt’s we are committed to igniting a passion for Jesus in our children. We believe that children can encounter and know God as a close friend from the very youngest of ages. We, therefore, offer children’s programmes that are packed full of fun and different ways for them to encounter and explore Jesus.
If you would like any more information about our children’s groups and activities, or if you would just like to connect for some support, please email our Children and Families Minister, Lois, on email@example.com
Deeper is our after school club for those children in school years 3-6. It is held on Mondays from 3:30-5pm during term-time. The children are able to play air hockey, age-appropriate Wii games, snooker, football, board games and craft, as well as having toast and being able to buy some sweets from the tuck shop. We also have a short discussion on a topic from the Bible that is relevant to the children and their lives.
Matt’s Monkeys is our vibrant toddler group held in the church 9:30-11am every Thursday in term-time. It is an energetic place where parents are welcome to bring preschool children. The hall is set up with a craft table and various stations of rotating toys featuring cars, garages, trains, Happyland farm and houses, kitchen toys, building bricks and tactile toys as well as a dedicated baby area. We leave time at the end for the children to have a snack and story and song time. We have special ticketed events such as Father Christmas visit and Easter egg hunts. There is small charge of £2 per child for normal toddler sessions.
Shine is our group for pre-school children. It is a safe place where they can play during the service. In each session, they will have a bible story or learn something about God through creative play/craft and listening to worship music.
If we are unable to run Shine as we build up our volunteer team again, the church centre will be set out with toys during the service, so that parents can have a space to take their children. The service will be streamed onto the TV in this room so you don’t miss out on too much.
Glow is our group for those children in school years R-2. These fun sessions include lots of games and play, as well as a Bible story, crafts and prayer.
Bright is our group for children in school years 3-6. We want the children to move deeper in their relationship with God. The sessions have games, Bible stories, discussions and time for reflection and “Son bathing” where they can lie down and listen to what God wants to tell them. We also have time to be creative and to make something to remind us of that week’s discussion and how it can help us grow in our own personal faith journeys.
On the first Sunday of every month, we have our family service at 10 am. Come and join us for an hour of fun, games, teaching and worship in a family oriented atmosphere.