The cathedral that we are a part of has a ministry for children and youth from creche to adulthood.
Kids Church (ages 0-12)
All groups start at 10.30am. Children have the opportunity to learn more about Jesus through songs, games, drama and activities.
The creche is a glass panelled room which is attached to the hall where the service is held so parents are able to still listen to the sermon. There is a time of singing, story and prayer with the children at the start of each session before they go off to play with age appropriate toys and books.
In addition there is a changing table with supplies for your convenience, play pens/sleeping cots, baby bouncer and for nursing mothers the creche has a nursing pillow and chairs.
Here children meet for a short playtime followed by some singing, games and a brief time of learning about God and Jesus. The children have their own room at the back of the 10.30 Family service and 2 - 3 teachers to supervise and lead the activities. Parents are welcome to stay if their child is unsettled but we do encourage parents of more confident little ones to leave them in our care while parents participate in the services.
Children spend a good deal of the time reading Gods word with help from the teachers and learning more about trusting and following Jesus. We will spend some time playing games which help understand the passages being taught as well as singing and craft activities to reinforce the message.
For this age group we spend a good deal of time sharing and discussing application of God's word often using puzzles and games to introduce or reinforce the topic. Children become confident in finding their way around the bible and are encouraged to read out in class if they are able. We also spend some time introducing key aspects of the church service such as confession and intersession helping them to prepare to participate in the adult church services.
Youth Groups (ages 13-17)
We have a Junior (age 13-15 years old) and Senior (16-17 years old) youth group which currently meet at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
We meet together to study God's Word and pray in a fun and interactive way. We have been meeting over the year to study the book of Mark as well as looking at what the Bible has to say about certain topics such as boy-girl relationships etc.
We do not have a youth meeting on the first Sunday of the month. On the first Sunday of the month we encourage the youth to attend a service, mingle with the general congregation as well as serve in various ways during the services.
In addition to Sunday meetings there are many activities that the youth take part in including socials, ministry trips to local refugee schools and care homes, youth camps and youth stay-overs.
Please do ask at the welcome desk for more information and an usher will introduce you to the youth leaders.
Throughout the year the children have opportunities to learn more about Jesus in other ways outside of Sunday services. At SMAGOW they have their own programme throughout the weekend with focused teaching, games and activities.
Each year the children work hard to share the Gospel through the Christmas story. They have a Christmas party where they put on their performance and invite their Christian and non-Christian friends and their parents to come along and hear about Christmas and join in some games and activities.
We also run seminars/talks on Parenting to help parents to think biblically about raising their children.
Chidlren and youth are an active part of our community life and on the weeks when there are no groups they participate in serving the wider community during the Sunday service.
For more information on children or youth ministry please contact us.