Children & Families

Kids@Kings in 2021

Family Worship

Family Worship Online happens each Sunday at 9.30am on our YouTube page. We are looking at Luke’s Gospel and inviting families to investigate Jesus! Here is the resource with the challenge and craft activity for Sunday 31 January.

Zoom Meetings

Children in Sparklers and Torches meet on Zoom on Monday afternoons during school term time. This is an opportunity for the children to have some time with one another, to play games and pray together.

Sparklers (school years 1-3) meet 4-4.30pm

Torches (school years 4-6) meet 4.45-5.30pm

Keep your eye out for the Zoom link in an email to parents/carers and in the Parents/Carers Facebook group.

Pipsqueaks

Our Tots & Toddlers group is meeting online during this time. You can join their Facebook group to see weekly craft ideas, a story time and singing on Wednesday mornings as well as a Zoom call for families to chat together. This will recommence on Wednesday 6th January.

Family Worship during COVID-19

We are not currently able to gather families for worship or run our usual Kids@Kings groups. To help support families during this time we are producing a Family Worship Service online with songs, prayer and Bible teaching and an associated resource each week with activities for children to do at home with their parents/carers. 

You can find the Family Worship Service video on the King’s Church Durham YouTube channel.

Here is a link to this week’s resource: Family Worship Resource – 06.12.2020

If you are part of King’s Church Durham you can find these resources and connect with other parents/carers through our Facebook group Kids@Kings Parents and Carers

Family Gathered Worship during COVID-19

We are looking forward to gathering families together again on Sunday mornings whenever this is permitted in the Covid-19 restrictions. Our plan is for Family Gatherings to be on Sunday mornings at 9.30am at St Oswald’s Institute. This event will be only for parents/carers and their children.

To come along you will need a ticket! Sign up will open when we know that we are allowed to gather for worship again.

The service will be aimed at engaging the children in all aspects with songs, activities, Bible teaching and prayer as they sit around tables with their own family. We will provide each family with their own pack containing shakers, ribbons, pens and paper for each child.

Due to the need for distancing due to COVID-19 we don’t have space for every family each week but we hope that in time everyone who wants to will be able to join a gathering on a regular if not weekly basis.

Sunday Mornings

Families with children are very welcome to worship with us at Kings.

On Sunday mornings we encourage parents and carers to help their children to join in the songs and prayers in the first part of our worship.

There will often be flags and shakers available for children at the front of the room as well as one of our Kids @ Kings team leading actions to the songs. We encourage families to join in with this as part their worship.

Children leave for their own activities during the second half of the service. Kids@Kings has five age groups:

Kids@Kings Groups

Creche: 6 months-2 years. (Parents/carers are welcome to stay with their children.)
Fireflies: preschool and reception (age 3-5)
Sparklers: school years 1-3 (age 5-8)
Torches: school years 4-6 (age 8-11)

The Kids@Kings group time includes refreshments, games, crafts, Bible stories, and prayer tailored to the appropriate age group.

We welcome all children in Kids@Kings! If your child has any special needs please let us know. Speak to someone in a yellow t-shirt when you arrive at Kings and we’d love to talk to you about we can support your child.

It is our hope that the time we have with the children will compliment the discipleship they are engaged with their families at home and that God will use it to enliven and solidify their faith.

Safeguarding

King’s Church has a comprehensive safeguarding policy. All those working with children follow these guidelines and all of our children’s workers are DBS checked.  We have a Safeguarding Coordinator who oversees all aspects of safeguarding in our church and ministries.  Please go to kcd.org.uk/safeguarding for more details.

Midweek

Pipsqueaks

Babies & Preschoolers (and their parents/carers)

Wednesdays, 9.30-11.30am, The Appleby Rooms

Pipsqueaks is a lively, friendly gathering of babies and preschoolers with their parents and carers. The morning is full of playtime, story time, music, and refreshments for kids and adults. There are two large rooms with a huge variety of toys and space to explore and play. Tina Redfern and Hazel Urwin head it up with the help of many church volunteers who are happy to play with the children and chat with adults. Newcomers are always welcome. Get in contact for more information.

For youth, (aged 11-18), please visit our youth page on kcd.org.uk/youth