Kids and Families

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AFC is a family friendly church. We welcome children of all ages and have many groups and activities running throughout the year. We understand that not all children enjoy sitting still and being quiet….especially during a Sunday service, and we actively seek to accommodate this.  All children are welcome here.


Why not take a look at some of the children’s activities we run?

Discoverers (Sunday Morning during the service)

Discoverers includes all children from ages 3-11 years old.  We follow Scripture Union material designed for this age range and aim to provide a biblically based session with games, crafts and activities to help our children discover the truths of the bible for themselves and to apply these in practical ways. Our aim is to support parents as they share their faith as a family.  We meet in the hall each week, apart from on Outreach Sundays when we join with Explorers in the church.

Ngage (Sunday Morning during the service)

Ngage is for teenagers from ages 11 – 18 years old.  We follow material designed for this age range and aim to provide a biblically based session. Some years we do a Youth Alpha to support them in their walk with God. We meet in the youth room each week, and on the 4th Sunday of each month we invite friends and chill out with food, games and music.

Explorers (Every 4th Sunday)

For children 0-11years and their families/friends

Explorers is a special group held on 4th Sunday of the month from 11am -12 noon and is a little different to our Discoverer group in that many of those who come do not usually go to church. It is a great way to explore church and faith once a month in a relaxed and friendly group. Each Explorers session is based on a Bible scripture and we make it a  fun environment for playing and learning. Activities on offer include crafts, edible crafts, collages, colouring, egg hunts, guessing games, packing shoeboxes, yummy food, word searches etc and a short talk or DVD clip.  All are welcome to come and have fun!

Messy Church SEND

Every 2nd Sunday of the month from 2.30pm -4.30pm.

DSC_5927Our Messy Church is run for children with special and additional needs and their families and friends. We believe that everyone is special to God and recognise that families with SEND children can face additional challenges when taking their children to organised groups. Here at AFC Messy Church, we provide a safe environment with specialist toys and activities for children with SEND to come along and be themselves. Everyone is welcome! Every month we run a variety of Messy Craft, activities, songs, games, stories and food based on a bible theme and all tailored to children with SEND. If you would like more information or would like to discuss your child’s needs in advance, please get in touch.

Scramblers

Scramblers is a warm and friendly playgroup for children of 0-5 years and their parents or carers.DSC_1469

We have two session each week during term-time: Mondays 1.15pm -2.45pm and  Fridays 9.45am-11.15am. Each week we have a large range of toys for free play as well as organised craft, refreshments and a song time to round everything off. We don’t hold a waiting list and all are welcome although we do ask for a £1.50 donation per family. Tea, coffee, juice, toast and biscuits are provided free. Come along and join us!

Fingerprints Preschool

Fingerprints is an Ofsted registered pre-school and nursery accepting children aged 2y 6m to 5y. We offer flexible care over our opening hours which include morning sessions from 8:30-12pm, lunch club between 12-12:30pm and some afternoon sessions from 12:30-3pm. With a maximum of 20 places per session, children can grow and learn under the care of qualified professionals in our spacious learning environment. Outside there is plenty to explore in our garden which includes lots of natural resources to promote physical development, curiosity and a wonderful sense of imagination.                                                                       fingerprints sandpit

At Fingerprints we aim to provide quality care and education, underpinned by Christian principles. It is our goal to provide a safe, stimulating and secure learning environment where children can learn, grow and develop to their full potential. Our intention is to provide an environment where all members of the pre-school community support one another and everyone feels cared for, happy, respected and valued.

The Christian ethos promotes inclusion for all children and celebrates the uniqueness of every child whilst encouraging them to develop the skills of compassion, respect and self-discipline. We believe that creating the right environment is crucial and therefore we strive to create a secure environment where children feel safe.

We aim to offer parents and carers the opportunity to join a caring community which supports the whole family whilst their child is in our care. Family members are actively encouraged to be a part of their child’s education. We aim to build strong pastoral relationships with the children and their families supporting them throughout their time with us.

Your 3 or 4 year old will be eligible for 15 free hours of free education with us, we are registered to provide funded places for 2 year olds and we also accept childcare vouchers. Visitors are welcome any time, please pop in or call/email to arrange an appointment. We hope to meet you soon,

Who Let the Dads Out?

20150228_114835_007This is our very popular monthly Saturday morning group for children 0-5 years old and their male carers and friends. It is a time for fun and friendship, toys and time with the kids. Not to mention extremely good bacon sandwiches….

 

 

 

Beavers

Our very successful Beaver group started in September 2014 and is open to children from 6-8 years old. We have grown rapidly and enjoy an hour of fun, games and opportunity every Friday from 6pm-7pm. We have been on trips with other Beaver Colonies and shared evenings with them. We have also been on sleep outs, sung around campfires and run more miles than I can count. We have a waiting list of potential Beavers but are always looking for new children & parent helpers.  If you want to join, please contact us.

 

Cubs

 

Our popular cub group has been open since January 2016 and is open to children 8-10 years old. It is on from 7.15pm- 8.30pm . If you would like to apply for a place for your child please contact the office.