Aldridge Parish | Children and Youth
The Anglican Parish of Aldridge, consisting of Aldridge Parish Church, St Thomas' Church, Tynings Lane Church and the Hothouse.
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Children and Youth

There’s lots going on at St Thomas’ Church for children and youth, both during the week and on Sundays – find out more below!

Key Contacts

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Children's and Family Worker

Hannah Evans

07434 961 458

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Children's and Youth Core Group Co-ordinator

Luke Hughes-Bunger

07940 230 567

Safeguarding

We take safeguarding very seriously here in the Parish of Aldridge.
  • To read more about our safeguarding policy, procedures and practice, click here
  • To apply for a DBS (a Disclosure and Barring Service form, formerly CRB), click here.
  • To view our Safe Recruitment guidance, click here.

Sunday—Meetings, Groups and other Family Ministries.

Sunday School. (Second, Fourth, and Fifth Sunday of the month)

For School Aged Children and Young People.

At St. Thomas Church, we have Sunday School for school aged children and young people on the Second, Fourth and Fifth Sunday of each month, at our 10:30 services:

  • Creche—a space for pre-school members to play, laugh and learn in the corner room. Parents are welcome to join their children, and the service audio is played in here, but our DBS checked team are always on hand to look after your children. We also have a space at the back of church for children to play with their babies (0-1 years old) while remaining in the main service..
  • Adventurers—Our Sunday School for Children from Nursery to School Year 1, in the Church Annexe, where our DBS checked Sunday School teachers help your children take the first steps towards faith, in fun and creative ways.
  • Adventurers Plus—Our Sunday School for Children from School Year 2-5, also takes place in the Church Annexe, with our DBS checked Sunday School teachers building upon that foundation and helping your children develop their faith.
  • Pathfinders—Our Sunday Group for young people in school year 6 upwards. Join us in the lounge, where our DBS checked Pathfinders leaders will help young people put their faith into practice in a real and honest way.

When you arrive at St. Thomas, we will always make sure there is an opportunity to spend time worshipping together. All of our Sunday Services begin with a time of worship, where all of our members spend time together. We will usually also introduce the day’s topic together as a church family, through a short all-age introduction, before our children and young people go off to study the day’s topic in an age-appropriate way. We use Bible stories, crafts, video, discussion, songs, activities, play, and many other ways to teach your children and young people the same sorts of topics and stories which will be studied in the main service, meaning the conversations can continue long after you leave church.

Contact

Hannah Evans

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Messy Mornings!

During the Morning Service on the third Sunday of each month (Messy Church Sunday’s)
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The third Sunday of the month is Messy Church at 4:00pm, and many of our families choose to come to this and worship together, instead of joining us for our 10:30 services, so we do not have our regular Sunday School groups.

However, our 10:30 services are an important chance for many in our church family to meet with God, and we want to make sure that families with young children are still able to join us on these Sunday mornings too.

Therefore, we have still have Creche, and Messy Mornings—an all-together Sunday group for Primary School aged children—on these weeks.

Messy Mornings are a fun and interactive session, including DVD based teaching, using series like Veggie Tales, What’s in the Bible, Friends and Heroes, Theo, and many more, plus crafts, games, worship, prayer, and other activities, to introduce the topic we will be thinking about later in Messy Church.

Together (First Sunday of the Month)

All Aged Worship for the whole family.

We do not have Sunday groups on the first Sunday of each month, instead, we choose to spend it Together.

Together is church, with a difference. It’s our All Aged Family Service and takes place on the first Sunday of each month, and every Sunday throughout the Summer Holidays at 10:30am.

Children stay in the service throughout, and always have a wonderful time. Feel free to be as noisy as you like, we don’t mind!

We believe that All Aged Worship is not a pipe dream, and that people of all ages can genuinely meet God during this service. Although our children stay with us in the main church building during this service, we make sure that there is just as much opportunity for our older members to meet with God as there is for our children. Come along, we’re sure that there will be something for you.

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Messy Church.

Real Church, Real Fun, Real Lives—Family Friendly Church for Real Families.
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Messy Church meets on the third Sunday of the month, at 4pm.

It is aimed at families with children, wanting to share in fun and learn more about Bible stories and what God has in store for us, through, crafts, puppets, games, music, food, stories, video, messy activities and lots and lots of fun!

Messy Church at St. Thomas is part of the national Messy Church network, and as such, we strongly believe in its core values, and aims.

Messy Church is a way of being church for families involving fun. It is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is found across the world, part of an international movement, and its values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

St. Thomas’ Messy Church meeting is great fun for all the family, and is a great way to meet other families just like yours.

Midweek Groups.

St. Thomas Playgroup

St. Thomas Church’s Professional Playgroup

St. Thomas Church is also the home of the St. Thomas’ Playgroup, held in the church annexe, a purpose-designed building in the grounds of St. Thomas Church Aldridge. Our playgroup is independently, and professionally run, by members of staff who are qualified or working towards NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Early Years Education. Our members of staff have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Rachel and Sarah also have training in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), ensuring that we can cater for children of all kinds.

At St Thomas’ Church Playgroup we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and all staff are trained to meet the individual needs of each and every child.

Funding is available, through Government Three to Four Funding, and may be available for two year old’s, through Time 2 Start.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the playgroup team on 01922 745 106 or email them on stthomasplaygroupaldridge@gmail.com, or visit the website at http://www.stthomasplaygroup.com.

Contact

Rachel Taylor (Playgroup Manager)

01922 745 106

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Tom’s Toddlers

A Toddler Group at St. Thomas Church.
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If you are looking for a welcoming, supportive, friendly and fun place to come with your baby or toddler aged from 0 to 2 1⁄2 years, then look no further!

Meet with other parents and carers; let your child make friends, develop social skills and play with others with our vast selection of toys; enjoy a varied craft each week; share snacks as well as a time to sing and laugh together.

Tom’s Toddlers is very popular and has been running for a long time.

For more information, please contact Hannah (details above).

Cost £2 per family, per session, meeting term time, including snacks for the children, and hot drinks for the adults.

For more information, please contact Hannah (details above).
We meet on Wednesdays, from 10:00 – 11.30am.

For more information, please contact Hannah Evans (details above).

Footprints.

Stay and Play for pre-schoolers aged 2 1/2 upwards.

Footprints is a wonderful time when children can take those very first steps of faith into the arms of a loving heavenly Father.

At St. Thomas’ we want our youngest children to begin to enjoy God’s love for themselves, through stories, play, craft and fun. It is a time when children who have not yet started school, aged 2 and a half upwards, can spend time together, building friendships that will last a lifetime.

As space is limited, please contact Hannah Evans or one of the team to join. Cost £2 per child, per week.

Footprints meets Term time, Wednesdays, 1-2.30pm.

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The CELL

A Cell Group for our teenagers.
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The CELL is a youth life group for our teenagers, taking place each Wednesday from 6:30 in the church lounge.

We meet to discuss key questions facing our youth, explore our faith together, and engage in honest and open worship, prayer, support and encouragement.

The CELL is open to all young people, from across the parish, and even those who do not attend church at all, not just members of St. Thomas and is a great place to bring your friends who are interested in questions of faith.

Over the past year, we have completed a Youth Alpha course together, studied spiritual gifts, discussed the big picture of the bible, and what it means to us, considered our identity and significance, and looked at many other topics besides.

We are getting ready to start an amazing course called Freedom in Christ especially tailored for young people this September, which has already been an amazing success in our adult life groups, and will undoubtedly have a huge impact on anyone who comes, so be there!

Aldridge Youth Fellowship

For Young People in School Years 9 to 13

At St. Thomas, we encourage our young people to join with other young people, from across the Parish as part of AYF. Many of our young people are key and active members of AYF, while remaining very much part of the St. Thomas’ Church family—exactly the way it should be. As a Parish, we know that we are better together, and recognise that AYF is a key part of that.

For more information on AYF, please click here.

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