Children and young people

We welcome children to St John’s and believe they are important part of our community. Parents and carers can choose whether to keep their children in church with them during the main service or take them to the hall for the age-specific activities.

If you decide to keep your children in church, we have a range of books at the back that can be taken into the pew, and if you feel they need a break, there are toys in the porch, where speakers ensure you will still be able to hear the service. We also have a toilet with changing facilities at the back.

If you would like to take them to the hall, Junior Church meets every Sunday during term time, except when there is an all-age service in church, which is usually on the first Sunday of the month. Junior Church is aimed at all children up to and including children in school year 6.

At least two Junior Church leaders run the sessions each week; the children pray and listen to Bible readings together, which usually share the theme of the adult service. The children then divide into age-based groups to undertake activities to further explore the topic of the week. Parents of children who have not yet started school are asked to stay with their children.

All the children are brought into church midway through the service so that they can be part of the prayer that prepares us for communion and to allow them to go up with their parents for a blessing.

There are special activities throughout the year such as a Good Friday morning workshop and the annual nativity play.

Visiting children are always welcome to join the regular groups.

Junior Church has a Facebook page which will contain dates, details of special occasions etc.

We also have a youth group for secondary school age children, which meets on some Sunday evenings during term time; they undertake a range of activities in the hall and also have occasional outings.

Note: Many families who are associated with St John’s want their children to attend St George’s School; as part of St George’s admissions policy, those applying under the criterion of having ‘a Christian commitment shown by membership of a Christian church’ must have attended at least once a month for two years before applying.  So that we can administer these attendance declarations in a fair and consistent way, we have introduced a register, which we ask parents to sign each time they attend a service as a family.