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We are passionate about our children having fun, building friendships, and discovering Jesus for themselves: encountering Him in a deep and real way that is accessible to them.


Sundays

Most Sunday mornings Encounter Kids meet after joining the rest of the church family 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 it is your first time or visiting - we will give you more information about our Sunday groups.

When we leave the main service, we gather in the Harry Manning room (on the right outside the main hall). On a typical Sunday, we spend the first 10 minutes all together as an Encounter Kids 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 looks at a particular topic that is catered specially for that age group with appropriate activities. 


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, men’s, and disabled toilets.


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.


You can contact Debs Price- dprice@encounterchurch.uk to ask any questions before your visit.
Director of Children's Ministry.