Here at GCC we welcome children and believe that they are valuable and precious 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 and go to their own 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!
Light – is for children from 6 months up to 3 years old.
In the Light group the children spend most of their time playing with a variety of toys, but we believe that even the youngest of children can know God’s presence and learn about Him. Every week they hear a short Bible story and jump, dance and play instruments to some age-appropriate worship songs. There will also be opportunity to join in some organised craft for those who are able!! 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.
Treasure – is for children in their pre-school year to Year 1.
In Treasure the children are encouraged to learn more about God and begin to take their own steps towards becoming a friend of Jesus. They have some time for worship and follow a pattern of Bible stories taking them through Old and New Testament. They then get involved in a variety of games, structured play and craft activities which are related to the morning’s story. In Treasure we also encourage the children to spend time talking to God and listening to what He says to them. During their morning there is also often time for free play and of course a drink and a biscuit!
Salt – is for children in school Years 2-6.
Out in Salt the older children are also encouraged to continue learning from the Bible and to get involved in a variety of activities related to the morning’s Bible story. We also encourage them to spend time talking to and listening to God, 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 or their local communities.
Little Stars’ Toddler Group is free and open to all children up to the age of 5. Little Stars aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and carers to meet and make friendships. It runs throughout term-time and holidays on Friday mornings 10:30am – 12.00 noon.