During our 10.30am Sunday Services we have three groups for children aged 0-11 years:
(For children aged 11+ please see our ‘Youth Work’ section)
Each group seeks to help the children explore the Christian faith for themselves. We learn stories from the Bible, play games, make crafts and more, with an emphasis on fun. Please see our section entitled ‘Crèche’ for details about this group for 0-3 year olds.
Bubbles is our group for children in Reception and Key Stage One (Ages 4-7). We currently meet alongside the Xstream group in the School.
Xstream is our group for children in Key Stage Two (Ages 8-11). We currently meet alongside the Bubbles group in the School.
On the first Sunday of the month, the groups do not run
as the children are part of the All-Age Service in the main church building.
On other Sundays, the children start the service with the rest of the church family in the main church building at 10.30am. When the leader indicates, parents take the children to the school for their groups (parents return to church once the children are registered). The children are collected from the school by parents at the end of the church service.
Groups do not run during the school holidays (including half term).
All our children’s leaders and helpers have current enhanced level DBS checks in place. Please see our ‘Safeguarding’ section for more information on our Safeguarding policies and personnel.
Covid-19 update: Zoom First Sundays!
With the latest coronavirus restrictions, Bubbles and Xstream are meeting on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00pm on Zoom. This gives us an opportunity to see each other's faces, play some games and pray together! We would also encourage families to tune in to the weekly Family Focus which goes live on Sunday mornings. If you would like to be sent the Zoom details for these sessions, please do contact Tom ().
Buckland Monachorum Church Crèche
This group runs during the 10.30 am service in the South Porch room at the back of the Church (on the right hand side as you enter the Church). In the crèche, babies and toddlers can worship through play, read stories, sing songs, and sometimes make crafts appropriate to their age. Parents / carers are welcome to stay or return to Church as they wish. A live audio link from the service and our newly-fitted glass doors mean that the South Porch is a comfortable and safe place for the church’s youngest members and their parents to play, feed, nap and worship as needed! We look forward to welcoming you!
Youth Emmaus usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10:30am in the staff room of St Andrew’s School. We open the Bible together, pray together, drink hot chocolate together, play games together and encourage one another as we seek to be disciples and make disciples of Jesus.
If you are in school years 7-13 we would love you to join us for any of our meet-ups! Whether or not you regularly come to church or would say you 'believe in God', all are welcome to join us and see what goes on!
'Midweek Meet Up'
For those wanting to 'dig deeper' we get together on a Wednesday evening during term time to read God's Word and pray for each other (with drinks and cake, of course!).
On the first Friday of the month, we get together for a social to hang out, play games, maybe watch a film and have some food together. This is instead of the Wednesday meet up (when it is the Central Prayer Meeting).
During the latest coronavirus restrictions, we are encouraging the youth to tune into the Family Focus on a Sunday. Midweek studies are kicking off on Wednesday 10th February on Zoom at 7:00pm-8:30pm. We are also going to have First Friday socials on Zoom until restrictions are eased.
For any more info or for Zoom login details for any of our meetings, please contact our Youth and Children's worker, Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Welcome to Messy Church! Messy Church is for children of all ages and their families and takes place on the first Tuesday of every month during term time from 3.30-5.30pm in the Church. Each session is based on a biblical theme, includes free refreshments, lots of crafts, a stories, songs, and games. Following the activities there is a free shared meal for the children. Messy Church is a buzzing and popular service and we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Every month, during school term time, we welcome children, parents, grandparents and carers, the young and young- at- heart. Together, we learn about God and his love for us through crafts, songs, stories, fellowship and food. Each session is planned around a theme which we explore through ten different craft activities, some messier than others!
Recent sessions have explored questions such as ‘Who is Jesus?’ and involve all sorts of fun, such as making delicious edible bird’s nests out of chocolate crispies and fondant icing; constructing boats out of junk and testing their sea-worthiness; making pop-up get well soon cards; painting pictures of Jesus after looking at images of him in art from around the world and making sheep out of playdough and cocktail sticks! In our celebration we explain how all these crafts tell the stories from the bible, of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and how God sent his Son to mend broken hearts and lives.
We are then treated to a marvellous feast, provided by our catering team, which is enjoyed inside during the winter months or outside the church in the glorious sunshine in the Spring and Summer! In recent sessions, as numbers have increased, we have eaten our shared meal together in the church, beneath the carved angel choir and it has felt like a heavenly banquet!
The planning team have been very encouraged by the response to Messy Church over the last two years and how each month we welcome back old faces and new. We are grateful to our dedicated team of volunteers who: pray, cook, tidy, set up, welcome, sing, chat, play, operate the sound/pc, lead crafts, give the talk, put up signs, buy resources etc etc and make Messy Church happen each month. We are always keen to welcome anyone who would like to get involved or just to come along and see what Messy Church is all about.
Messy Church happens on the first Tuesday of the Month throughout the school term, straight after school, in St Andrew’s Church. A free meal for everyone happens at the end of each session.