The laughter and noise of children is a wonderfully regular experience on a Sunday morning at Christchurch. One of the most frequent observations from our visitors is the sheer number of kids present! If you have children then it won’t be long before they make friends with others their own age here.
We love children
We believe learning about God should be engaging and fun. God is not boring and we don’t want our kids to think that he is! So in our Generations ministry we have a program that includes all the things kids love – games, crafts, drama and teaching in a fun, informal atmosphere.
We have two crèches and six classes available. These cater for children aged 6 months up to 14 years, all staffed by DBS-checked volunteers.
- Baby Crèche: 6 – 18 months
- Toddler Crèche: 18 months – 3 years
- Adventurers: Nursery – Reception
- Builders: Years 1 – 2
- Conquerors: Years 3 – 4
- Discoverers: Years 5 – 6
- Explorers: Years 7 – 9 (runs fortnightly)
The crèches, Adventurers and Builders all begin registration from 10:15am. Conquerors, Discoverers and Explorers all start after the notices have finished in the main service. For more information on Explorers click here.
For children under 6 months we have a comfortable lobby where the service is displayed on a large screen. If you need to feed, or just have a quieter place for you and your child, make yourself comfortable here. Nursing mums are welcome to use our Baby Crèche room for more privacy if they wish.
The babies and toddlers just enjoy being together in a safe and fun environment. But as the children move into Adventurers, we begin introducing basic Bible stories using The Beginner’s Bible (which you can purchase via our online bookshop).
In Builders, Conquerors and Discoverers we’re using The Gospel Project for Kids, a fantastic resource which immerses children in the gospel as they walk through the Bible chronologically. Ultimately we want them to understand that Scripture is all about Jesus, so whether we teach from Genesis or Revelation, we’ll point to him. Check out this video for more information:
Our Explorers cover a wide range of resources answering some of the big questions about the Christian faith. At this age children have a huge appetite for learning and trying to figure out things for themselves. Explorers gives them an opportunity to ask difficult questions is a safe environment. Each week the gospel is front and centre.
What do I do next?
If you would like your child to be involved in Generations simply register your children at the Admin desk at the back of the main hall on arrival. Our friendly volunteers will tell you which classes your children are in. If you wish you can download and complete the registration form before you get here and bring it with you. Or for more information drop us an email.
Peace of Mind
We take seriously our responsibility for the safeguard and welfare of every child entrusted to our care. We have adopted a detailed Child Protection Policy, a copy of which is available upon request. We would be happy to discuss any aspect of this policy with you should you have any questions. In line with best practice we ensure that DBS checks are carried out on our volunteers and that no child is ever left alone in the company of just one volunteer.