“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.
The Church has an active youth program with Keith (Youth Worker) and a team of dedicated volunteers. At Strathmore Road Methodist Church we are blessed with children and young people of all ages, from babies, older children to our youth, all are active in church life with many of the youth supporting the younger ones.
Each Sunday we run a number of different clubs for our children. On a typical Sunday our children will join us for the first part of the service, and then will leave to join their groups. Each Sunday we run four clubs, including;
Creche - Our creche is the perfect space for parents with babies and toddlers to enjoy our weekly service from the comfort of their own room. Our creche contains a number toys, books and resources for the children, as well as a live video feed so the parents can still enjoy the service. Our creche is available weekly for babies and children up to the age of three.
Bubbles - Bubbles is our group for children aged around 3 to 6. Bubbles is a fun and exciting opportunity for our younger children to play as well as explore faith through craft, story and prayer, all within a safe and nurturing environment.
X:Stream - X:Stream is our group for children aged around 6 to 10. X:Stream offers our children plenty of opportunities to explore faith through bible study, play, craft and much more. X:Stream offers our children the opportunity to explore the bigger picture of the Bible as well as to ask their questions about God, the Bible and the Church.
The Grid - The Grid is our group for older children (aged 10 and over). The Grid allows our children a chance to ask all of the BIG questions, about God, the Bible and the Church, all within a safe, nurturing and loving community
All Sunday Club workers and volunteers are DBS checked, and all children, whether regular attendees or occasional visitors are welcome to join in Sunday Club activities.
Messy Church is a great opportunity for families to come along and share together in fun games, crafts, music and Bible stories. Messy Church is open to all families, and there is certainly something to do for everyone, from crafts to coffee, this is a fun afternoon for all. At the end of Messy Church we all get together in the Small hall to eat a meal together. Doors open at 3:30pm, finishing at 5:30. We'd love to see you there.
Sparks is a group for children aged 5-10 held every second Saturday of the month during term time. We meet from 10:30am -12:00pm for plenty of games, crafts, snacks and lots of opportunities to pie leaders in the face! Each week we also have a visit from our resident storyteller, who each week brings us a new and exciting Bible story.
Sparks is a morning of fun and noise for kids in the big hall, and a morning of peace and quiet, the Saturday papers and a freshly brewed tea or coffee for the parents in the small hall! Feel free to stay or come back to collect. There is also a small charge of 50p per child. Sparks also hosts a number of different events throughout the year, including our Christmas party and Summer BBQ, you can keep up to date with all of these events via our church Facebook page.
Rock Solid meets every other Sunday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm and is for children aged 10-13 years old. A fun packed evening of games, discussions, competitions and thought about the big issues that affect your life …. Friends, parents, school, the future …. And what God has to say about them. For more information, contact Keith Crulley.
ID is a group just for boys aged 12+. It takes place on alternative Sundays to Rock Solid. ID is a great opportunity for lads to hang out, play games as well as chat and discuss issues that affect their lives.
yTuesday is a house-group for teenagers aged 13+. yTuesday takes place every other Tuesday evening, from 7:00pm till 9:00pm. This is a great opportunity for youth to get together, to take a look at the Bible, discuss issues that affect them, worship, pray and also just hang out together.