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.
Explorers! (children of all ages) meets at Holy Innocents’ Church 9.30am-10.30am on Sunday mornings. The children join in the main service, but have their own separate activities for part of it. There is no led Sunday school at our other two churches, but there are always toys available in the lady chapel at St John’s during services, and craft activities during services at St Peter’s.
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.
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, two annual animal services (one for pets, one for working animals), 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.
We have lots of ideas and enthusiasm for future work with children and young people. In the next twelve months we are planning to launch:
A multi-sensory active service in early 2018 for toddlers/pre-schoolers with active songs, tactile props, interactive play, sound, light and puppets…
Messy Church in the Spring of 2018 a fun-filled creative way to do church for all-ages. It includes stories, crafts, activities, worship, sharing a meal, doing church differently…