Here at Gloucester Community Church we welcome children and believe that they are valuable members of God’s family. On a Sunday morning the children begin by being encouraged to worship in the main meeting as part of the wider family. After about half an hour the children leave the main meeting to tke part in an all-age children’s worship befoore separating into groups..
We currently have groups for children from 6 months through to 11 years old and those younger than that are welcome into the youngest group so long as they bring a parent!
UNIQUE – is for children from 6 months up to pre-school.
We believe that even the youngest of children can know God’s presence and learn about him. Every week they hear a short, usually interactive, Bible story and have the opportunity to explore the story through craft and guided play. They are also prayed for and encouraged to join in with the prayers as they are able to. For those that are still very little there are toys to play with, which the older ones join in withonce they have explored the story as much as they want!
If you wish, you are welcome to leave your child with us and return to the main meeting, from where we will come and find you if your child needs you. Younger children are welcome with a parent.
LIGHT– is for children in reception to Year 1.
In Light the children are encouraged to learn more about God and his Son Jesus, and it is in this group that they often begin to take their own steps towards becoming a friend of Jesus. They follow a pattern of Bible stories taking them through the Old and New Testament, from the more familiar stories to a wider picture of the Bible . They then get involved in a variety of games, craft activities and structured play which help them to explore and understand the story. We also encourage the children to spend time talking to Jesus and listening to what He says to them or shows them. During their morning there is also often time for a drink and a biscuit!
TREASURE – is for children in school Years 2-6.
Out in Treasure the older children are also encouraged to continue learning from stories and passages across the Bible and to deepen their understanding through discussion, crafts, and games. We also encourage them to spend time talking to and listening to God, supporting them as they grow in their friendship with Jesus. As this age group are becoming more able, when opportunity arises, we encourage and help them to find ways of serving the church family and their local communities.
Little Stars’ Toddler Group is free and open to all children up to the time they start school. Little Stars aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and carers to meet and make friendships. It runs throughout term-time on Friday mornings 10:30am – 12.00 noon. Click below to find out more: