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:
A crèche is available for very young children, but we can't promise to staff it every week and you may need to stay with your child.
As well as involvement in these goups, young people make a major contribution to the life of Christ Church: taking part in services, building links with Christians around the world and promoting issues that we might otherwise ignore.
A large group from Christ Church attends this annual Christian youth festival each year. These events have had a huge impact, extending to the whole church and beyond.
Soul Survivor features many seminars and exhibition stalls focusing on various needs around the world. Back in 2010, in response to child poverty, the Reloaded group decided to sponsor a child in Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries, to help pay for her food and education. No-one ever imagined that some members of the group would one day get to meet that child and her family on their Youth Encounter trip to East Africa.
Another outcome of Soul Survivor was a commitment to read the whole Bible in a year, a challenge which was taken up by the rest of the church a few months later.
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.
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.