Across the nation children and young people who are growing up in the church are walking away from their faith when they reach mid teens or twenties, the latest statistics say that parents have a 50% chance of passing on their faith to their children* and this is reflected in the number of young people who stick with coming to church. We want to see this change and want to work with families to try and increase the chances of their kids growing into a thriving and living relationship with Jesus!
From March 10th and during Lent we’ll be trialing a new way of doing Children’s work on a Sunday morning and we can’t wait to get started!
Trinity Kid’s Service
The new structure will start with an opportunity for all of the children to meet together, to experience worship together, times of prayer and testimony and then to hear the morning’s teaching theme (we’ll be aiming to teach them the same themes as adults receive in the morning sermons). After the teaching the children will have the opportunity to choose activities in three different groups; Active, Create and Engage. The ‘Active’ room provides children with a chance to burn off some Sunday morning energy by taking part in energetic, run around games and learn more about the morning’s theme by getting active. For children who like to get their creative juices flowing, the morning’s theme is explored through arts, craft and other creative mediums in the ‘Create’ room. Digging a bit deeper, the ‘Engage’ room gives children the opportunity to delve into the morning’s teaching in an interactive and immersive way.
Our youngest members of Trinity Kid’s will be involved in the Trinity Kid’s Service too, along with the Creche Team. After our joint time of worship, word and prayer, Creche will continue to run for all babies and pre-school aged children.
The Trinity Kid’s team know how important it is for children to develop their faith along with their family and are always happy to welcome family members to join us throughout the morning, if they would like to.
Why this structure?
By creating a time together at the start we hope to replicate what it is like being in the church service but in a child focused manner. The hope is that if they are used to prayers, worship, sharing the peace from a young age then transitioning to church services when they are older will be easier.
We’re aware that all children are different and while one child may love cutting and sticking, it might be boring for another. By creating spaces for different ways of engaging with the teaching we hope to create ways that enable the children to learn in a way that they are most comfortable with. Finally by opening up the entire morning to the family and by following the teaching themes of the morning sermons we hope to begin engaging and equipping parents to begin discipling their own children and encouraging faith in their families; statistics (and common sense) show that the most influential voices in a child’s spiritual and faith development are their parents and whilst it can be an incredibly daunting task for individual parents we as a church want to support, equip and encourage families as much as we can!
There’s so much more we could explain but it’s probably better in person - so come find us and ask us anything you’d like!
Emma and David
*Church Growth Research Programme, 2014