Children's activities

Children at the centre

Looking down on a colouring activity

Small hands, big ideas: A bird's eye view

There are no children's groups at All Age services, normally on the first Sunday in each month, when all age groups stay in the main service together.

Activities for children and toddlers have been run on our Pershore Road site for several decades. It's how Christ Church began, and providing more space for our children's groups was one of the main reasons for putting up a new building.

During most Sunday services there is a point when children and their leaders are invited to leave “for their own activities”. The groups are:

  • Scramblers covers the age range from 3 to 5
  • FLAG (Fun Learning About God) continues up to age 11
  • The Revive youth group (ages 11-14) also meets during Sunday morning services

A crèche is available for very young children.

Toddler Club

Christ Church Baby and Toddler Group runs two sessions a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 11:30 am during school term times. It's for children aged 0-4 and their parents, grandparents and carers.

Sessions cost 1.80 for one child and 90p for each additional child.

Enjoying a refreshment break

Activities include a short story, singing session and refreshments

Playing outside

We have a safe outdoor space for good weather... and lots of indoor equipment for use all year round

Playing on an indoor slide

Baptism and Holy Communion

In the pool after being baptised

A watery but happy welcome for one of our newly-baptised younger members

The historic practice of the Anglican Church (and many others) is to baptise young children of parents who intend to bring them up in the Christian faith. Some parents prefer a service of dedication for their young children, who may then be baptised when they are old enough to choose this for themselves. At Christ Church we are happy to follow either practice.

Children who have been baptised and gone through a programme of preparation are able to join with adults in receiving Holy Communion.

Gathered around the baptism pool

The children gathered around the pool before being baptised

Part of the congregation at the baptism service

Part of the congregation at the baptism service

Part of the family

In November 2012 a group of 8 children who wanted to take this step affirmed their faith through a special service of baptism.

“I felt that I was part of the family of God”

Later in the month, the children who had been baptised were able to join with adults in receiving Holy Communion.

“This is an especially happy service and the children are leading the way in making it happy”

These special services gave all of us - young and old - a greater sense of belonging to each other and to the family of God.

Crafts and celebrations

A pair of very chocolatey hands

If you're going to get messy, making chocolate truffles is a really, really good way to do it

I made this decorated iced biscuit

We have a long tradition of running craft sessions for children, either as one-off events or as part of Holiday Clubs extending over two or more days. These activities are increasingly being incorporated into the monthly Messy Church, which started in February 2014 and explores different themes through a variety of crafts and practical activities.

One of our largest events is the Christmas Craft Afternoon in early December, which leads into a Christingle celebration. This too is now a Messy Church event. The whole family is invited to stay and take part throughout.

A Christingle with lighted candle

Light a candle in the darkness: The Christingle is full of symbols of God's love and provision for all humanity, and his coming into the world to save us. This event is now part of Messy Church