Children & Families

A warm welcome to Parents and Carers looking for information about our Children’s Ministries!

Jesus said to [his disciples], “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Mark 10.14-16

We aim to provide a safe space for children and young people to discover a faith in Jesus for themselves and to learn to follow him, while having fun and building friendships in church. It is our hope that the time we have with the children will complement the discipleship they are engaged in with their families at home and that God will use it to enliven and solidify their faith.

We have a variety of opportunities for parents, carers and their children to participate in the worshipping and missional life of our church. Scroll down the page for further information or use the links below. 

Sundays 

  • Family Worship
  • Kids@Kings
  • Youth

Midweek 

  • Pipsqueaks
  • Youth

Annual Events 

  • Veggie Tales Parties
  • Light Party
  • Bonfire Party
  • Youth Getaway
  • Youth Sleepover
  • Easter Party
  • June Project (linked)
  • Holiday Club (linked)
  • Youth Summer Festival Trip

Safeguarding 

Sundays

From 12 September 2021 we will be trialling a different pattern of worship to give parents and carers more choices in how they and their children participate in our Sunday worshipping life.

Roughly three weeks out of four (there are five Sundays some months etc.) families can leave earlier in the opening worship for a brief act of Family Worship followed by Kids@Kings groups whilst adults rejoin our main worship. On the fourth week we will have worship and communion all together, followed by an extended family worship (and no Kids@Kings groups) during the bible readings, sermon and response. So it will look something like this: 

Weeks 1-3 starting Sunday 12 September

TimeBallroomUpstairs
10.30Everyone in worshipping together
10.40Continued worshipFamilies can leave for Family Worship
10.55Prayers/Baptisms etc.Family Worship
11.00Notices and OfferingParents and Carers can take children to Kids@Kings Groups
11.05Kids@Kings GroupsKids@Kings
11.10SermonKids@Kings
11.40Response worshipKids@Kings
12.00End of worshipChildren come back (collect under 5s)
12.30+Leave 

Week 4 – Communion

Normally the First Sunday each month but starting Sunday 10 October 2021

TimeBallroomUpstairs
10.30Everyone in worshipping together
10.45Communion
11.05Notices and OfferingFamilies can leave for Extended Family Worship
11.10ReadingsFamily Worship
11.15SermonFamily Worship
11.45Response worshipFamily Worship
12.00End of worshipFamilies come back in
12.30+Leave

Family Worship 10.40-11am

After a short time of worship all together downstairs, parents, carers and children can gather in the Riverside Cafe for a short time of singing, actions and prayers more suited to engage the children.

Monthly Extended Family Worship 11.10-Noon

After Communion all together downstairs, parents, carers and children can gather in the Riverside Cafe for all-age worship which will include songs, bible readings, teaching, activities and prayer.

Kids@Kings Groups

Kids@Kings has five age groups:

  • Creche: 6 months-2 years. (Parents and 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)
  • Lazers: school years 7-9 (age 11 – 14)
  • For those aged 14+

The Kids@Kings group time includes 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 how we can support your child.

Midweek

Pipsqueaks

We are excited to be relaunching Pipsqueaks indoors from 6th October!

For babies and toddlers, and their parents and carers

Wednesdays, 9.30-11.30am, The Appleby Rooms

Pipsqueaks is a lively, friendly gathering of babies and toddlers with their parents and carers. The morning is full of playtime, story time, including Bible stories, music, and refreshments for kids and adults. There are two large rooms with a huge variety of toys and space to explore and play. Becca Hicks heads 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. Please visit our Pipsqueaks page on kcd.org.uk/pipsqueaks for more information and to sign up.

Youth Midweek

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

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 www.kcd.org.uk/safeguarding for more details.