In Kidderminster West Team Ministry we believe that children are important members of the church in their own right. Children are always welcome at our services and events. We take the safeguarding of children very seriously and have our own Safeguarding Offiicier. Below are some of the events and services we run to help children and young people grow in their faith and participate in church life.
Sunday worship We currently have no led Sunday school in our churches, but there are dedicated children's area in all three churches, and sometimes activities are provided to help children engage with the stories and worship.
Tiny Tots (pre-schoolers and their parents/carers) is a playgroup running during term-time in the Refectory at the back of St John’s Church 10am-12noon, There is a small cost.
Connect Youth Club (7-11 years) meets in St John’s Refectory on Tuesdays evenings during term-time for games, crafts, activities and a general good time. 6.30pm-8pm, cost £1.50.
Messy Church meets at St John's Church 3.30pm-5.30pm roughly every 6 weeks. This is a great way for all the family to follow Jesus together. There are activities, crafts, songs, stories and a meal together. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Check our Facebook page for the next Messy Church dates!
The Praise Maze is a weekly service 1.30pm at Holy Innocents' Church. It is a musical, interactive, multisensory church service for little ones and their carers. The service lasts about 30 minutes, followed by refreshments.
Special Services and events: Throughout the year we have a number of special services and events which may be especially suitable for children and young people. This includes a service on Godparents’ Sunday to celebrate the role of godparents in children’s lives, an annual pet service, a prayer-bear picnic, children’s workshops on Good Friday and other occasions, and a living crib service telling the Christmas story.
Baptism and confirmation: We have regular baptism services and an annual confirmation service for young people who would like to make their own profession of faith. We run a regular baptism preparation morning, and a confirmation preparation course for confirmation candidates – talk to one of the clergy for more information.
Serving in church: We are looking to develop ways in which children and young people can be involved in the life of our church. This might be by training as an acolyte (altar server), singing with the choir, reading the lesson or leading the prayers.