Children & Families

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Sunday mornings at 10.30 am

Our Xplore children’s ministry groups are suitable for 0-11-year-olds. The children start in the main 10.30am service with the whole church family every Sunday. After a time of worship together we leave and go to our groups.

During our time together, we explore our faith and the Bible through fun activities, creative prayer, crafts, games, songs and much more. We also enjoy social activities together throughout the year.

Please see our Sunday for Children page for more details of our Xplore Sunday groups.

Sunday afternoons at 3.30pm

Messy Church now meets termly on a 2nd Sunday at 3.30pm, with the opportunity for families to join us at Discovery Church on most months in between.

Our popular Messy Church is a creative, relaxed way of being Church that whole families can enjoy together. It is a great way to explore the Christian faith and what it means to be a follower of Jesus without any pressure.

Our first hour includes time to be creative, choosing from a wide variety of quality crafts and fun activities, all based around a Bible theme and message.  This is followed by an informal celebration time which helps us explore the theme further. It includes songs, puppets, drama, creative prayer and more!

We end with a meal together. This is a special time that helps give a sense of belonging to our Messy Church community.

Discovery Church meets on the 2nd Sunday of most months, at 3.30pm (in between our termly Messy Church). It is great for families who would like to dig a little bit deeper in a fun way to discover more about God and the Christian faith.

It may be that you or your children have lots of questions to ask about these things? If so, feel free to ask them! We can explore them together without any pressure.

Discovery Church begins with a café style atmosphere with homemade cakes, scones and drinks on offer, alongside optional family fun activities at your table such as a quiz, create with play-doh challenge, and other table games.

This will be followed by an informal, short service where we can explore our Bible theme with the help of our puppet friends, songs, creative prayers, and more…

Then it’s time to ‘Discover’ more about our Bible theme through a few crafts, creative prayer zones and other fun activities. We finish at 5pm so you can be home for tea time.

Midweek

All Saints Toddler & Carer Group

Thursday mornings, 9.30am – 11.30am during term time.

Our popular toddler and carer group provides a fun, safe environment for babies – 3 ½ year olds, to play and make friends.  We also aim to make it a caring, friendly group that helps parents and carers make friends and find support.

There a wide variety of clean toys and activities for the children to enjoy, including a baby area, as well as juice and biscuit time. We end our session together with a much enjoyed song time.  

Filter coffee, tea and biscuits are available for adults. The group is run by members of our church who are always happy to offer support, chat about faith issues, and pray with anyone who would like that. Everyone is welcome.

Play and Praise

Friday mornings, 10.15am – 11.45am during term time.

Our popular Play and Praise sessions are suitable for under 5`s and their parents/ carers and provide gentle Christian input in a fun and creative way. We begin with a much loved interactive worship time hosted by Henry Bear. This includes action songs, instrument time, Puppets, creative prayer, Bible stories and more!              

We follow this with refreshments for all and then playtime, with a wide variety of clean toys and activities to choose from. Our church team are happy to offer support or to pray for anyone who would like it. Everyone is welcome. 

Schools Work

We love connecting with and supporting our local Primary schools and we work closely with two schools in particular (St Mary`s and Preston primary), offering regular assemblies, R.E lessons, after school clubs, Play & Praise on tour, church tours and more!                                    

We also invite seven local Primary schools to special events such as the `Life Exhibition` and Gospel Puppet presentations, and each year we work with Preston to hold their Christingle/ Nativity event at our church.

Puppet Ministry

Our Puppet friends have been playing a big role within our Children and Families ministry for many years. Using songs and skits they provide fun, creative, non -threatening ways to share the gospel message, tell Bible stories, and explore important topics.                                               

The Puppets are very popular with all ages and we use them during some church services, as well as within many of our regular outreach activities held at church, community events and schools work. We have a Puppet team who practise regularly – for more details please see our Puppet team page

Special events for families

We are passionate about providing opportunities and activities for families from the community and church to enjoy together. These include such things as our Glow party on halloween, Camp of Champions sports event and families play area in the park (working with YFC), family fun events and activities, and supporting holiday clubs run in local churches.

Children and families networking 

Working together in unity with other children and families workers in the Tees valley is very important to us and we love to meet up to encourage each other, pray together, and share ideas and resources. We also work closely with our regional Scripture Union Rep.