The Bible teaches us that children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3-5 (external link)). The children’s ministry at the 453 churches exists to make Jesus Christ known to children and young people and to encourage them in their relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
We do this in a number of different ways, and we are very grateful to all our volunteers who have all been DBS checked, and who give of their time to ensure children can learn and have fun in a safe environment.
Please be aware that Gotham is the only one of our churches with baby changing facilities, and whilst our churches lack a crèche, at Barton, Gotham and Ratcliffe, we do have an area set aside for children which allows the parents to be able to participate in the service whilst their children can play with toys or colouring. Each church does have a small activity pack for children, and if you were not given one as you came in then please do ask.
If you would like more information on any of our groups then please do contact the Church Office.
Our Toddler Group, “Little Cherubs”, meets on Friday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00 in Gotham church hall during term time. The group is a drop-in group for children of toddler age, babies, and mums-to-be, along with their carers, whether they be parents, grandparents, or other carers. Each week we have a craft activity which links in with the Bible story for that week, and we also have other activities such as play, music, and refreshments.
Come and join us for a relaxing cuppa, play time, crafts, music, Bible stories; chat and make new friends.
There is a charge of £1 per family per session which helps us to cover the cost of the crafts, heating, refreshments, etc.
Each session is planned, prepared and supported by volunteers from the 453 churches, who have all been checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Sunday Club is for all children aged 4 to 12 years old. Each week we meet in Gotham Church at 11:00am and then go across to the Church Hall until 12:00 and we teach the children about God and about Jesus through Bible stories. This is a fun time as well as a time when we can explain what the Bible is saying to us all. Every week the children get to make something, do an activity, sing upbeat and modern songs and say a prayer. There’s always something to eat and drink as well!
On the fourth Sunday of each month the children stay in Church for what we call our “Gathering” service. This is an informal, family focussed service and is often built around what the children have been learning in Sunday Club. Our Sunday Club children are very much included in this service and have done things like teaching the congregation songs and a rap and they have read out prayers they have written.
If you haven’t been before or if you are just visiting then you are most welcome to join in with the other children.
What the children say:
Xplore is a group of young people who meet every first Sunday of the month from 2:00pm to 3:00 in the Church Hall at Gotham to explore the Bible and learn about Jesus together.
The young people are very keen and have a hunger for what is in the Bible and how it is relevant to them. At the moment they are learning that how the world expects them to conform is not how God wants them to be. He wants them to be awesome on the inside.
On the other Sundays of the month our young people are encouraged to be in church and to spend time getting to know the older folk and for them to get to know the young people. Church is supposed to be a family of all ages. On the fourth Sunday of the month at our “Gathering” service, an informal, family focussed service, the young people are encouraged to be involved in different ways in the service itself, for example, playing a musical instrument or being involved in the prayers or any drama that might be happening that month.
If you haven’t been before or if you are just visiting then you are most welcome to join in with the other young people.
Open The Book …
A team of volunteers from our churches go into Gotham Primary School twice a month to bring the stories in the Bible to life through drama and story-telling through our partnership with Open the Book.
School’s Worker …
With the other village churches in our area we have partnered with Youth for Christ (Nottingham) to provide a School’s Worker who spends a number of hours each week in East Leake Academy as a classroom assistant, taking assemblies and helping to provide learning support in that school; a school that a number of our local children attend.