What are we about in All Saints Childrens and Youth Ministry?
Children are in an amazing developmental stage in their lives where they are learning and adopting principles that will guide the rest of their lives. We want our children to ENJOY and EXPERIENCE an EVERYDAY God. We want to grow their faith through introducing them to the living person of Jesus Christ revealed in the Bible. We strive to make our gatherings enjoyable for kids – communicating faith and the Bible in a fun, positive, relevant, enthusiastic and creative way.
Below you will find all of the activities available for children and parents from age 0-12.
Sunday Morning Overview
| Age |
0 - 2
|2 - 3|| 3 - 5 |
(0 - 1)
| 6 - 10 |
(2 - 5)
| 9 - 11 |
(4 - 6)
| 11 - 13 |
(7 - 9)
|Location|| Vestry |
| Garden Room |
| Weston Hall |
| Courtyard Room |
| Lansdown Hall |
| Upper Room |
Here at All Saints we are in the privileged position of having nearly 70 children in the under 11 age bracket. All of our programmes are based on Bible teaching, having fun, and growing in community. Activities are done that help the children to think for themselves about who God is and His amazing love for us. The first week of every month we do not have groups but we meet as a whole church family for the “All Sorts Service” in the church building. Periodically we gather all the groups for kids worship in the church centre on a Sunday morning before splitting into groups.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Creche and Tots (0-2yrs)
0-2 year olds – Sunday Mornings @ 10:30
We meet in the Vestry (room to left of pulpit) in the church during the morning service. The side chapel is a good place to be, so you can participate in the service as long as possible. We are hoping to get more formal crèche arrangements later this year.
Current Numbers: 10
2&3 year olds – Sunday mornings @10:30
We meet in the Garden room in the church centre during the morning service term time. The children do “Godly Play” where they are told a story using wooden figures. They are then given a chance to explore the story in creative ways.
Leaders: Elaine Wickens, Serena Saunders, Claire Woollett, Gillian Harrison-Smith, Elena Ely, Isobelle Wollett.
Current Numbers: 16
School Years 0-1 – Sunday Mornings @ 10:30
We meet in the Weston Hall in the church centre during the morning service during term time. Through a balance of Old and New Testament stories the children have a chance to develop their understanding of God and the Bible and be gin to think about the personal relationship they can choose to have with Jesus. They enjoy doing various craft activities and playing games that are linked to the stories.
Leaders: Gaynor Williams, Anita Walker, Sarah Nicholson, Charlotte Smith, Sue Scudamore, Ali & Ernie Messer, Helen Laidler
Explorers I (6-10yrs)
School years 2-5 Sunday Mornings @ 10:30
Explorers I meet in the Courtyard Room in the church centre during the morning service during term time. We aim to give children an opportunity to experience God and respond to what He is saying through creative prayer, craft, drama and discussion. We know that head knowledge is important but try to show the children that God is also looking for a heart response. Having fellowship with their peers is vital to keep children strong in their faith. We are in our first year of having an all boy group. We love it!! Through your prayers we hope to nurture and bless the children as they discover the incredible person of God for themselves.
Leaders: Lynn Ward, Jane Hands, Sarah Kwan, Jo Skinner, Martha Overeyender, Annie Page, Pip Philips
Current Numbers: 15
Explorers II School years 4-6 boys Sunday Mornings @ 10:30
Explorers II meet in Lansdown Hall in the church centre during the morning service during term time. They consistently interact with biblical stories, fun activities, and find ways to apply their faith to their everyday lives. It’s a fun and exciting way to make friends and get to know their loving creator and friend Jesus Christ.
Leaders: Lloyd Notice, Simon Brand, Paul Nicholson, Sky Cady, Gez Tucker
Current numbers: 5-7
School Years 7-9 Sunday Mornings 10:30
Toast meets in the Upper Room in the Centre during the morning service during term time. TOAST is an acronym for ‘Teenagers Of All Saints Together’ and was thought up by the young people. Their inspiration came from the fact that they always have toast at the start!! Over toast, the young people and leaders catch up with each other before getting their teeth in to the topic for that day. The aim is to make the sessions both interactive and fun.
Leaders: Gemma Whitworth, Catherine Asplin, Sky Cady, Duncan &Phillipa Nash
Current Numbers: 7-13
Mother and baby group – Mondays 2-3pm (under 1yr)
We meet in the Courtyard Room in the Centre. This group aims to provide a safe and relaxing place for mothers to come and chat, make friends, drink tea and share experiences together. This has been a particular place of support for first time mothers.
Current numbers: Around 5 mums with babies under 1.
Leader: Fiona Day
Little Saints Toddlers
Little Saints under 5’s parents and carers Fridays 9:30-11:15
We meet in the Lansdown Hall which provides a great space for children to explore and play with a wide range of toys. For the children there is free play, a song time, Bible focused craft activities and occasional stories. For the grownups there is good coffee (?) and delicious cake. We are very grateful for our wonderful team of ladies from the church who come along each week to serve us. We would love to get to know you better at one of our termly social nights out at the local curry house.
Leaders: Lilly Markall, Anita Walker Gaynor Williams
Current numbers: 20-30.
Oasis Monday, Thursday 10-12
Oasis is for mums with children up to 3 years old. They meet each week and take it in turns to share a ‘thought’ to spur each other on in their faith. Mums help each other out through prayer and through practical support. The idea is to be a place where people can be themselves while sharing joys & struggles and seeking to be mothers who honour God.
Leaders: Julia Bennett, Gemma Day.
Current numbers: 12 mums.
Infinity Club Weekly in Weston All Saints Primary School
Infinity Club is for children aged 7 to 11 at WASPS school. It happens at lunchtime. Through a combination of craft, games and discussion we share a message about God. For us this provides a unique chance to talk in very small groups about Jesus. We have some very chatty children and some very quiet children but there is always time put aside for everyone to read something from the Bible and to pray. Some of these children have no church connections at all. What a privilege to be able to spend time with them.
Leaders: Gaynor Williams
Current numbers: about 15
At the end of each term we invite our local school children from reception through to year three to a huge themed party. We have fun, eat a great tea and also hear about how God loves us to bits! It is the same simple message again and again. God is real, God loves us, He is closer than we think and He wants to get involved in our lives. Through a varied mixture of craft, singing, games and storytelling we share a biblical truth in a way that is relevant to children who may have very little knowledge of God. Parties are held on a Sunday afternoon. The dates for parties in 2012 are March 25th , July 1st and December 9th.
Weekday Activities for Youth (school year 3-12)
Junior Youth Club
School Years 3-6
Friday Nights @ 6:30pm
Youth Club meets in the centre every Friday night at 6:30pm during term time. This is a fantastic place to hang out, have fun, make friends and play games! We offer varied activities, many involving food eg making smoothies and eating pizza. We organize trips to the park, bowling and finish the year with a barbeque. Children are encouraged to bring their friends. The leaders are always positive and available to talk to the young people about relevant issues in their lives. We care and the kids know it. Every night there is also a 10 minute break time where some part of the good news of Jesus is communicated.
Leaders: Gaynor Williams, Sky Cady, Simon Brand, Tony and Diane Haines, Emma Rhodes, Helen Hodson, Wayne Duncan, Claire Woollett
Current numbers: 20-30
Start Date: This youth club will be starting up Friday September 14th @6:30 and will run every friday during term time thereafter.
School Years 7-12
Multi Church Youth Event, Last Sunday night of every month 7-8:30pm @ Ascension Church
The Gathering is a multi church youth event run by some of the leaders from All Saints Weston. Our goal is to have a night of fun where you can invite your friends. Each month is a different style of games, free food, activities, music, and a short message about God. There are usually 40-80 youth in attendance from 5-10 churches across the city of Bath. We have done "THE CUBE" gameshow, giant scavenger hunt, cardboard castle wars, bouncy castle and sumo suits, backyard barbeque with football game on. There are stories that young people share about how they came to believe and follow Jesus. There is usually also some form of music or video that young people can participate in - worshipping God. This night is not necessarily aimed at mature Christians, but is a place for christians to bring their non christian friends in a welcoming and exciting atmosphere. We usually meet as a group and drive together over to the church.
Leaders: Sky Cady, Gaynor Williams, Viv Nicholson
For more info or to arrange a ride call Gaynor Williams 0793370907
School years 8-12
Tuesday nights @ 7pm in the Garden Room at the Church Centre
Rendezvous is a chilled out place where you can come and hang out with your friends and spend some time getting to know the God who loves you and created you. We usually open up with some time getting to know each other, play some games, and eat some scruptious food. Next we have youth led music with guitar, piano, and some singers. Then we spend time discovering who this crazy God is. Whether you're just wanting to have a good time, or you really wanna go deeper with God, this is a safe place to discover what Jesus is actually like. You can message us on facebook at the group "Rendezvous." http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/359274057473985/?fref=ts
Current Numbers: 25
Leaders: Sky Cady, Viv Nicholson, Tim Atkins, Katherine Moody, Rachel Pagnamenta
For more info: contact Sky Cady @ 07403449025
Enrich Youth Project
School Years 7-12
All Saints Weston working in partnership to help young people in Weston enjoy, experience and explore life to the full. There are many different activities that the youth of Weston can get involved in.
Youth Cafe - Tuesdays 7-9pm at Centre 69. Pool table, table tennis, tuck shop, outdoor courts
The Den - Thursdays 7:30-9 at All Saints Centre, youth drop in, hang out, meet your friends, hot chocolate and toast available.
Check it out - Sundays 7-8pm at All Saints Centre, Explore the Christian faith. Who is God? Does he care about me?
for more information check out www.enrichproject.org.uk