Children are as much part of the Christ Church community as anyone – they, along with everyone else, are the church of today! The dedicated team of children’s leaders put so much energy into this rewarding ministry. We have strong mutual links with the primary schools of the parish, especially Christ Church Infant and Christ Church Junior, through the governors’ commitment to serve and the regular leading of collective worship, the Bible Story Club, Church visits & more. The uniformed organisations also come to church for regular parade services.
For secondary aged children and beyond we have an active and thriving youth ministry. The Youth Team have their own website too with lots of information about their midweek and Sunday groups. https://www.igniteyouth-christchurchdownend.co.uk/
There are children’s & young people’s groups during the 10.30am service at the Parish Church. We have a walking bus which takes our children over to the Christ Church Infants School, just through the side gate. Parents are welcome to join this walking bus if they wish. We gather at the welcome doors to Church at approximately 10.45am & children are returned to Church in the walking bus after 11.30am. (There is a map of the classrooms which shows where 2 of our children’s groups meet within Christ Church Infants School in our brochure, see below.)
- Creche: under 3s in the Garden Room ( exit front right of the main Church to find this room)
- Sparklers: 3-5s . (Cheetah Classroom at Christ Church Infants )
- Connected: Primary years 1-2 (Crocodile Classroom at CCI)
- Connected+: Primary years 3-5 (in the Parish Hall)
- Faith: Primary year 6+ and Secondary School years 7-11 (in the Youth Hub)
Not just Sundays!
We have produced a short helpful Children’s Groups on Sundays brochure (pdf, 2mb) about our children and youth activities on Sundays at Christ Church.
Read our short Not just on Sundays leaflet for all our midweek groups (pdf, 2mb)
Messy Church 4.30-6.30pm takes place in the Parish Hall. An opportunity to get together to worship, in the middle of the week, as a family. Messy Church includes a hot meal for everyone. Messy Church is usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month, in term time. You may like to see what we get up to via our dedicated facebook page : @MessyChurchCCD
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Jigsaw: is our ‘church’ service for toddlers, to which all families with under 5’s are welcome to attend. It is held every week in term time in the Parish Hall, (beside the Church and Church car park, 9.45am-11.15am. Monty Mouse has a story and singing time, there is a craft activity, as well as plenty of toys, and the morning ends of with some singing as a whole group.
For information about any of these activities please contact our Head of Children’s Ministry, Helen Buick. or our Head of Youth Ministry, Diane Paddon.