Children are an essential part of our church family, and we have many young families who are part of the church and its activities.
Children on Sundays :
For very young children: There is a lovely, soft, open crèche area at the back of the church, which is ideal for looking after very young children during a service, but where you can be completely involved in the worship too.
During the main 10am service each week the children join the first part of the worship and then are invited to their own groups in the rooms at the back of church; usually in two age groups : under 8’s, and 8-12’s. The groups are led by experienced adults who are all CRB cleared. The children learn together from the Bible readings for the day, through stories and activities appropriate to their age, and have their own prayer time. The children join the rest of the congregation so that we can share communion together.
Family Praise is on the Third Sunday of each month at 10am in Church. This is a service especially planned with children in mind, so that we can all worship together whatever our age. It’s very popular and lots of families come, and you don’t have to worry about the children running around, and enjoying themselves! The service has bible stories, fun songs and activities, as well as quiet times to think and pray, and we celebrate everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.
This is a new group for children and young people of school age. We meet at about 3.30pm after school on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month during term-time only. First we have lots of toast and chocolate spread (or Marmite or what you like..) then we have some games, singing, prayers and think about Bible stories and how they relate to our lives. If you’re wondering what it stands for – it’s Kids in Christ.
The first and third Fridays of each month 10.30 – 11.30 in the Church. This is a very special time for children aged 0-5 to come with Mum or Dad, grandparent or friend. We have a Bible story, prayers for everyone to join in and lots of songs. Then there is coffee for the grown ups, juice and fruit for the children, and time for playing and chatting. Little Church started in June 2010, and is already very popular.
Open the Book assemblies in schools
Teams from St Barnabas church visit the four primary schools within the parish every week : Calton Infants and Juniors, Tuffley Primary, and Finlay Community school. If your child goes to one of these schools they will be familiar with the Open the Book teams, who, with the children’s help, tell and act out the well known Bible stories.
On special festivals we run very popular Messy Church events. These are times for families to come together and have lots of fun (and mess) making crafts that tell the Bible story, sing and worship together and share a meal. Look out for banners and posters for the next one!
Our Scouting Groups, which meet in the Hall, are closely linked with the church and Scout Parade services are held several times a year. (see details)