Kids Ministry at the Gatehouse
(When we meet in the hall)
When we have services in the Gatehouse hall we have two different groups for young children.
Creche: age 2-4/5 – A supervised play session with Bible story, craft and songs. (We meet upstairs in the church building).
Sunday School: age 4/5-11 – A fast moving session with group games, activities, bible teaching, crafts and lots of fun. (We meet in the community centre next door).
All our age classifications are flexible, making sure each child is happy in the right group for them. All volunteers are DBS checked and adhere to our ‘Safe From Harm’ policy. Those on duty will be wearing a blue t-shirt with “Kids and Youth Team” on the front.
The whole congregation is together for 3 worship songs and then children and teenagers go off to their groups.
We want to thank everyone who is volunteering in this area for their faithfulness, creativity, passion, prayers and hard-work. God bless you!
Report for 2019
We have had a great year in Sunday School. The children have been happy, had fun and learned a lot about God and hopefully experienced Him and His love. It is very difficult to quantify “success” as children develop in their faith on a continual basis and will often “accept Jesus” multiple times. We learn through games, story, discussion, craft and songs. We have an amazing group of volunteers, some of whom do a night shift and then turn up and help with enthusiasm. Thank you to all of our volunteers.
Nativity – The children did amazingly well and enjoyed doing this. Family members who do not normally come to church came to see this.
Prayer – This year we have started meeting together as a team to pray on the last Sunday of the month after the service. We also try to engage the children in praying each week and are developing fun prayer activities/games as a means of praying.
Two groups/one group – We have split the children into two groups for teaching. This helps us to tailor our activities to age and ability and makes room for further growth.
Safety – As the car park is getting busier we changed to taking the children to Sunday school through the side door and having parents collect their children. This seems to have worked well.
Training new teachers – Over half of our volunteers are happy to teach a lesson/read a story. This is a big increase since last year.
Hopes and aspirations – My vision is to see the children deepen in their relationship with God and walk with the Holy Spirit.
Behaviour – We have introduced a set of “High5” (rules framed in a positive way) which we made up with the children to ensure we all have a good time.
Any safety concerns can be addressed to either Kay Walker or Liz Hall.
Elim Blackpool – The Gatehouse