Cool Christians (Children up to 11)
Cool Christians (our Sunday school) has regular groups for children each week during the 10.30am service in term time, except when there is an All Age Service (usually the first Sunday of each month). We begin all our services by worshipping together in church before children go out to their groups.
Our crèche provides a safe and welcoming environment for children aged 0-2 years and offers young children a place to learn about God’s love through play. You are welcome to stay in the crèche with your child until they are settled or to leave him/her with members of our children's team.
The crèche runs alongside Sparklers, our group for children aged up to four, encouraging a natural progression to the activity table for Bible-based crafts, stories and prayer.
Cool Stars and XCC (Xtremely Cool Christians)
These 2 groups are for 5-11 year olds. Each session is based on material from Scripture Union and children learn about a bible story with linked activities, craft or games, and prayers.
All our children's groups come back into the main church in time for Communion or a blessing and to join the adults in the closing worship.
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All Age Worship
Our All Age Services are at 10.30am on the first Sunday in each month and also during the school holidays and on special occasions. Children and young people often take an active part through drama, singing, playing an instrument, or even leading parts of the service.
Children and Communion
As a church we are happy for children and young people who have been baptised in a Christian Church to take Holy Communion if this is something they and their parents wish (non alcoholic wine is available to any who prefer). Just speak to one of the clergy and let us know. We support an understanding of the meaning of this and the regularly teach about Holy Communion in our Cool Christians groups. We hope too that parents will talk to their children about this at home.
Our leaders are all trained members of the St Stephen’s church community and are regularly checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service. We have a Church Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Champions to oversee our adherence to the Safeguarding Children policy and procedures.