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.
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.
In November 2012 a group of 8 children who wanted to take this step affirmed their faith through a special service of baptism.
Later in the month, the children who had been baptised were able to join with adults in receiving Holy Communion.
These special services gave all of us - young and old - a greater sense of belonging to each other and to the family of God.
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.