We are passionate about our children discovering Jesus for themselves and encounter Him in a deep and real way that is accessible to them.
Encounter Kids meet every Sunday during the preaching slot. We believe it is so important to worship together as a whole family which means that the children join the main church for the first part of the service.
To ensure we make the most of our time together, please check in at our check in point at the welcome desk when you first enter the church. If you are a visitor, you can fill in one of visitor forms here and find our more information about our Sunday groups.
When we leave the main service, we meet together as one group in our newly refurbished Harry Manning room (the first room on the right outside the main hall). On the first Sunday of every month, all the children stay together in this room for Kids church. We spend time worshipping, in creative prayer and learning together with the different age groups intertwined.
On the other Sundays in the month, we spend only 10 minutes together as an Encounter Kids family time before splitting into three groups
- Explorers (from the term after they turn 3 and Reception)
- Trailblazers (Years 1 – 3)
- Pioneers (Years 4 – 6)
Each session will look at a particular topic that is catered specially fo that age group. This term Explorers are looking at bible characters, while Trailblazers and Pioneers are looking at what it means to be a Christian in school. We also focus on key festivals such as harvest.
Please remember to collect your child from their room once the service has finished. Pioneers parents – there is an option for your child to not be collected from their session. Please complete a consent form at the check in desk if you would like to use this option.
Creche on a Sunday
There is a creche room located at the back of the main hall, near the welcome desk for you to use your child is 3 years old or younger. Please feel free to use these facilities throughout the service and engage with the service through the live feed that is provided.
There is a wide variety of toys available that are regularly checked and cleaned as well as comfy chairs and a chair to support feeding. There is also a changing table as well as the changing areas that are located in the ladies, mens and disabled toilets.
Catalyst is our term time Friday night kids club for years 1 to 6. Doors open at 5pm and the session finishes promptly at 6.30pm. The entry fee is £1 and there is a tuck shop.Join us as we dance, play, create and have way too much fun. Catalyst is safe yet exciting place where children can let off a bit off steam after their busy weeks at school, while learning to achieve their full potential.
Why Catalyst? A Catalyst is someone who changes the environment they are in. We believe that our children, with the Holy Spirit can be that change that this world so desperately needs. Our aim is to show our children how amazing they are and enable them to be everything that they are called to be by having fun and being real with them.
Catalyst is re-launching after the October half term.
Will My Child Be Looked After?
Absolutely! Our Encounter Kids team are dedicated people who love kids. They are all trained in line with our safeguarding policy and have up to date checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). If your child is anxious about joining in, the team will provide support and encouragement. Members of our team have experience supporting children with learning difficulties as well, so they will make every effort to care for your child. If any child becomes distressed during Encounter Kids and wants to leave, a member of the team will bring them back to their parents.
Where Can I Find Out More?
You can contact our Director of Children’s Ministry, Debs Price, firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions before your visit.