St Denys Children’s Ministry

St Denys Children’s ministry is a friendly community of Christian families working together to bring the message of God’s love to our children and young people.

Our mission is to sow the seeds of a lifelong Christian faith in hearts and minds. The volunteers in our various groups sacrifice their time to encourage and nurture the spirituality of our children in a safe and welcoming environment.

By taking an enthusiastic and responsive approach to Sunday school we hope to introduce the habits of Christian belief and make the practice of faith a normal and everyday experience.

Mustard Seeds

He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is smaller than all seeds. But when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.” Matthew 13: 31-32Our Children and Youth services

St Denys Children’s and Families Ministry runs a number of groups for children and young people.

Mustard Seeds is a group for younger children from Preschool to year 6. We meet up on Sunday mornings during the 11am service and spend an hour discovering bible themes through games, crafts and music.

Toast @ Church is our transition group from Mustard Seeds to Toast. It’s designed for children who are moving from Primary to Secondary school. They meet once a month during the Sunday Morning 11am service to explore the bible in more depth and discuss its relevance in the modern world.

Toast is the St Denys Church youth Group for those in school years 8 to 13. We explore issues of faith, the world and life through games, activities, discussions and prayer and we eat food together.

It is run by Lizzie and Simon Whitbread and meets on a Monday evening once a month.

We also have termly social events.

We also run a series of faith based projects during the school holidays and church family trips.

Our Child and Vulnerable Persons Protection Policy

The Sunday morning sessions are generally held in the Community Centre meeting rooms. As the centre is a public building we would like to remind grownups that all children must be collected from their groups at the end of the service unless the leaders have brought them back in before then.

We also ask that children do not leave their group without an adult to accompany them.

All leaders have up to date enhanced CRB checks. Our safeguarding officer is Trish Smith. If you have any concerns or would like to view our child protection policy then please talk to her or Nel Clarke.

You are always welcome to stay in a Sunday morning session with your children should you want to although you might get volunteered to help out with something messy!

Our Leaders are dedicated and talented people who create inspiring sessions for your children every week. They can only achieve this if everyone is able to focus on the activity.

If a child becomes too disruptive then an adult volunteer will return them to their parents in the service.

Please do come and talk to our volunteers and leaders about our groups, we really appreciate your perspective and like to hear your comments.