We are passionate about our children discovering Jesus for themselves and encounter Him in a deep and real way that is accessible to them.
Due to the current climate, all of our regular Encounter Kids sessions and groups are cancelled and are replaced with online activities.
Every Sunday at 2pm, we will be doing a Youtube Live Encounter Kids session. All of our past videos are available to watch on the channel as well. Please click this link https://youtu.be/42_6DmabfdE and subscribe to our channel to access our videos.
We will be posting daily on our Facebook page. This include worship songs and playlists, activities, thoughts from the leaders and different resources that can support you as parents and carers at this time. Please click this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/encounterkids/ and follow us on facebook. Please interact with us to share what you have been doing.
If you are not on Facebook but would like to receive the activities, please email Debs on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send them onto you.
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 the Harry Manning room (the first room on the right outside the main hall). We have two rhythms on a Sunday. The first is Blaze which happens on the first Sunday of the month and the second is our groups which happen on all the other Sundays.
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 for that age group with appropriate activities. This term all the age groups are looking at Christian Commitments which look at biblical elements to our Christian walk and how we can put them into action. These include communion, service and evangelism.
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.
Blaze happens on the first Sunday of every month. This is when the children meet as one group for the entire church service in the Harry Manning room. The aim is to give more opportunities to encounter God. We will be focusing on prayer and worship, giving the children space to worship Him and learn how to hear from God.
Please use the outside Harry Manning doors to drop off your children. To access this, you will need to enter through the car park on Hubert road, There will be a sign to guide you. Doors open at 10.20 for you to check your children into the room. Please collect your children at the end of the service as normal from the door.
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.
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, email@example.com to ask any questions before your visit.