Our Sunday morning Youth & Children's Work
Our morning worship begins with all ages together in the main sanctuary. After a short time of worship together, the children and younger teenagers go out to our Junior Church groups for teaching and learning aimed at their different age groups.
We currently have two groups:
- Dippers (under 5's) & Streamers (5-10s)
- Delta (10-15s)
Welcome to Dippers—here’s some stuff about us that you may be interested to know.
Dippers is the name for our children's group on a Sunday morning looking after babies through to children in the Reception Year at school (age 5).
Parents are welcome to stay in our group but it is our aim to let parents enjoy the main service and hear the adult teaching.
Alternatively parents are always welcome to keep their child in the main service with them. If you are worried they are disturbing others you are welcome to sit at the back of the sanctuary area and watch the service through the glass wall, but we are quite used to children making a little noise in the main part of the church.
Our aims - Young children are full of enthusiasm to find things out. It is our aim to help them find things out about God by dipping into the Bible and the Christian Faith. We do this with stories, songs, prayers, craft work, and many other activities. We have toys to play with too.
It is surprising how early children can have enough of an understanding to want to be God’s friend. It is our aim to help the older children in this group to build a good foundation to allow them to make an informed decision for Christ when they are ready. We will do this by introducing them to a broad range of Biblical teaching, by helping them to pray and by Christian example.
About the leaders - There is a team of adults who look after the group on a rota basis. Most of them are parents or grandparents and all are worshippers in our church. We have a child protection policy in this church and all leaders work under this.
The role of parents - As in all things in life, a parent’s example is the greatest, God given, influence on young children (recognising that for a few children that role will be taken on by another adult), so when they are old enough please talk with your children about what they have done in the session. If you are not sure how to help them grow in this area may I suggest plenty of praise and enthusiasm on your part for the things they bring home. This will help them feel that they have done something worthwhile and will enjoy coming again.
Teaching material - The teaching material we use is published by Scripture Union (this link opens in a new window or tab of your browser). This is a large Christian organisation which specialises in working with children and is committed to providing high quality materials. If there is anything else you want to know, or you have any concerns please speak to us.
Welcome to Streamers.
Children from School Year 1 (5 years old) through to Year 5 (10 years old) join together on Sunday mornings in our group called Streamers.
Our aims - It is our aim that the children in this group will be helped to know what God has to say through the Bible passages they gather round and what God has to say to them personally. We will do this by furthering the use of story telling, questioning, praying and undertaking activities to reinforce the basic truths of a passage. We will encourage the children to talk about their own Christian journey and share stories of our own experiences appropriately.
About us - There is a team of adults who look after the group on a rota basis. Most of them are parents or grandparents and all are worshippers in our church. We have a child protection policy in this church and all leaders work under this.
Your support - The Bible shows us that leading children into a life of faith is the wonderful, God given, responsibility of parents (or for some children a carer becomes more appropriate). We see out part in Riverside Junior Church as a supportive role to those ends. We would like to think that what we do in our groups will help you talk with your growing children about matters of church, life and faith. Each week ask about what your child was thinking about in their group. Many times they will have made something to highlight or remind them of the passage of the day. A positive interest from you will help them to realise that what they have been doing is important and they will learn to value their time in church.
Teaching material - The teaching material we use is published by Scripture Union (this link opens in a new window or tab of your browser). This is a large Christian organisation which specialises in working with children and is committed to providing high quality materials.
If there is anything else you want to know, or you have any concerns please speak to us.
Delta is the Junior Church group for those who have grown to about ten years old. We like to move the young people up to the Delta group about a year before they move from Primary to Secondary School, to help them establish good peer support before the anxiety of changing schools. However, we are flexible about the needs of the young and will not force someone to move up a group if they are not ready. Most young people are keen to join Delta when they feel they have out grown the Dippers group. If Delta is a young person’s first experience of church groups they are equally welcome.
About the leaders - Delta is led by a pair of leaders who share the running of the small group. These leaders are part of our worshipping community. The group meets in the Meeting Room at the front of the building. We have a child protection policy in this church and all leaders work under this.
Our aims - It is our aim that the young people enjoy their time in Delta. Finding out about God is as much an adventure as any other great aspect of life and we aim to make this discovery a positive experience. We do this by providing an imaginative variety of activities appropriate to the age of the group members. We aim that those in this age group will get to know what God has to say through the Bible passages they gather round and, as they get older, what God has to say to them personally.
Your part - Leading young and older children into a life of faith is a God given responsibility to parents (or sometimes another carer). We see our part as a supportive role to those ends. You can use the Delta group as a means to stimulate discussion about matters of faith by asking about what has been looked at each Sunday. We want to support you in your parenting and to be part of a circle of other Christian adults who befriend your child and encourage them in the things of faith that you are showing them on a daily basis.
Teaching material - This group uses a wide variety of material sources for the stimulation of discussion and learning in the group. We try to take into consideration the interests and preferences of the group members when picking activities and topics. If you want to know what teaching material is being used on any given Sunday please ask the leader who will be willing to tell you. If there are any other queries which we have not addressed here please contact the church for answers.