Children and Youth
Our mission statement
"To provide a welcoming and joyful environment for parents and children from across our parish that, from the earliest opportunity, will enable them to begin a journey of faith, which will develop deep roots, and which will endure through adulthood. Children will grow up understanding their great value within our community and discern their God-given gifts, as they participate fully in the life of the church. "
Below you'll find information about our other weekday and Sunday activities for children and young people.
There is always a welcome and provision for Children and Young people in our church community. We recognise that they are an important part of our community and church for both the present and the future!
Families and children are provided for in worship in a variety of ways. Below is our normal pattern, although there are some seasonal variations, so please check our church calendar for up-to-date information:
1st Sunday of each month and Seasonal All Age Service of Communion
Our all-age service seek to bring together our whole community for worship in church. Using our new AV-system, these services are a mixture of traditional and contemporary, with interactive elements and times of reflection.
'Normal' 10am service - most weeks (seasonal exceptions)
Our regular Sunday services are supported by The Holy Trinity Choir and many other volunteers. Most of our young people begin these services together with the adults in church. After the confession, the service leader prays for our young people and thier group leaders, before they leave for thier activities (during a hymn or the gloria). The young people return after the peace to join thier families to recieve communion.
There are two different groups:
This group uses the Church Hall for a fun-packed mixture of games and crafts, Bible stories, songs, prayer and activities, normally this is linked to the same Gospel text being explored in church.
This meets in the Parish Rooms. The focus of activity changes in this group to become more discussion based and structured around exploration of faith and its meaning to us as young people, often this is linked to the Gospel text being explored in church.
Creshe Area (Kingdom Corner)
Children of any age are always welcome in the Church for any service - for our youngest children the creshe area (Kingdom Corner) at the north-west corner of the church (the back on the left as you face the high altar) is equipped as a play and activity area for parents with babes and toddlers.
Encounter Service - every 3rd Sunday of the month at 11.30am
This is an informal all-age communion service that takes place in the Church Hall at 11.30am on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Within a familiar anglican structure, this service uses contemporary music and interactive worship and is planned and elements are led by members of our Youth Club, who also play in the band.
Youth Club - Every Sunday (Term Time) 6.30-8pm
Meeting in the Hall and/or Parish Rooms Youth Club is for young people in years 6 and above. We meet for games, fun activities, discussion, food and plenty of hot chocolate. Led by our Youth Worker Hannah with our Curate Tony and a host of volunteers. The aim is to discuss Christianity and other issues in a way that is relevant to the questions and issues faced by young people today. Contact Hannah on 07484 275548 to find out more or join the WhatsApp group (for parents and youth).
Other times and places
Holy Trinity Toddler Club runs during term time on Thursdays from 09:30 to 11:00. This is run by a dedicated group of local parents and provides toys and fruit snacks for the children and coffee/biscuits for the adults (there is a small fee to take part). Members of the ministry team support the toddler group each week, offering a time of story and song in the hall, before the end of each session.