Families, Children & Young People
Jesus was very clear about the place of children in his world - he put them at the centre. We want to do what we can to put children at the centre of church life as well. We are always delighted to christen or baptise children, as a sign of God's love and welcome to them and their families.
Uplift: This takes place in Upchurch Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, is especially suitable for families and children, with groups for children up to 7 and children 8-14, as well as a relevant, engaging and creative service for adults.
'Stepping Stones': This normally takes place on the 3rd Sunday each month starting with refreshments at 10.00am in Newington. This Cafe-Style service for all ages then starts c10.15am lasting c45minutes.
'Family Time': This takes place on 4th Sunday each month at 10.00am in Lower Halstow. It is a Cafe-Style service for all ages starting with refreshments.
'Family Service': This more informal service for parents with children takes place on the 2nd Sunday in Hartlip Church.
There is a family service in at least one of the churches every week. These services, which sometimes include communion, and sometimes don't, are designed to be interesting and engaging for all ages - from the youngest to the oldest.
fun@therec: Each month we meet up on a Saturday afternoon from 2.00-3.30pm at the Newington Recreation ground (off Orchard Drive) for a time of creative activity, games, music and story around a Christian theme. On chilly days we meet in The Pavilion, but weather permitting we put up our gazebo and go outside. For more information please ring 01795 227329. All are welcome. Dates will be posted on the Newington page.
'Messy Church' Hartlip: Run in conjunction with Hartlip C of E school, this takes on a bi-monthly basis starting with creative activities in the school before moving to story, song and prayer in the church, finishing with refreshments back in the school. It is especially suited to families with children and takes place on a Saturday afternoon from 2.00-c3.30pm. Dates will be posted on the Hartlip page.
'Breakfast Club': Lower Halstow Church runs a kids activity morning, aimed at Primary School age children, on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 9:30-11:30am with breakfast, games and activities and a Christian theme. Dates will be posted on the Lower Halstow page.
During the week
Outside our Sunday services, the churches offer a range of activities for children, young people and their families including the Bridge Coffee Stop at Lower Halstow, Uplift Youth Group in Upchurch, the Pram Service for pre-school children and their parents in Hartlip, Bellringers , Kingsquad in Iwade.
In addition we have good contacts with the cubs and scouts in Newington and Upchurch and with Boys Brigade in Upchurch.
For more information about any of these activities or groups, please contact one of the clergy.