CHILDREN’S GROUPS: AN OVERVIEW
22.05.16 | ANDREW BUNT
So what are our children’s groups really like. Here’s a quick overview of each one.
Tuesday Totz (0-4s and parents)
Tuesday Totz is our parent and toddler group. Every week we have around 100 children aged 0-4 and around 70 parents and carers who enjoy a few hours of fun in the main hall at The Hastings Centre. The time starts with free play where toddlers and parents can make use of lots of different toys which are available and can take part in different activities run by the team. There is then a break for some snacks, after which they enjoy a Bible story and a few songs.
Tuesday Totz meet on Tuesday mornings during term time. You can choose how often you’d like to serve. At the beginning of each term you will be asked which dates you would like to come along for.
Our Sunday volunteers serve either once or twice every four weeks. Where at all possible we ask volunteers to arrive at around 9am to give us time to setup, talk through the morning and pray. We clear up as soon as the session finishes and are always done before 12pm.
Sunday Totz (0-4s)
Sunday Totz serves our 0-4s on Sunday mornings. They have time for free play, a Bible story, worship songs and a craft activity.
Totz need people who can sit in the book corner and read stories to the children, people who like to do craft and art, people who can prepare drinks and biscuits for snack time, people who love to look after babies and people who love the challenge of some energetic toddlers!
NRG (4-7s) and N:Gage (7-11s)
NRG and N:Gage are our groups for primary school aged children. They usually meet separately, but often do similar activities. Each week they enjoy some games and worship. They have a story from the Bible and some lessons which draw things out of the story. They then have group time where they’ll use craft, puzzles or team challenges to reinforce what they’ve learnt.
We need people who would like to work with a small group of children, people who can lead worship, tell stories, do mini-lessons and lead games from the front, people good with PA and AV equipment, creative people, actors, musicians and people who make exceptionally good orange squash!
Fusion (1:1 Additional Support)
The Fusion team work within our Sunday children’s groups to support children with additional needs and those who might otherwise find it difficult to take part in our activities. They work one-to-one or one-to-two with the children. Sometimes this involves staying with the children as they partake in the group activities, while at other times it will involve doing a quiet activity away from the big groups when a child needs some space and quiet.
So, which of the groups most suits you? Head over the signup form and let us know. We’d love to welcome you on to one of our teams!
Posted by Andrew Bunt
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