Youth, Children & Families

Introduction

Things have changed a bit since lockdown, there’s our monthly Muddy Church and our soon to be announced Café Church – old favourites have returned with the Light Party at the end of October, continuing the circus theme from our ever popular holiday club which ran in August.

To see what we got up to during lockdown visit our Facebook page – or YouTube Channel Stepping Stones ‘Pebbles’ are our short weekly videos, then Stepping Stones ‘Rocks!’ are our longer videos once a month.

#faithathome – The church of England is preparing some resources to help parents engage with faith at home, visit this page for more details.

The Vale of Pewsey team of churches run many Youth Children & Families events. With a group of leaders dedicated to providing these activities, the team’s vision is to have young people, children and families at the core of growing the faith and enriching our church community.

Most events happen at St. John’s in Pewsey as this is the biggest building with the facilities needed. Some other village churches also run all-age services.

With regular and one-off activities we hope you’ll find something to suit your family, helping you to engage with God together.

Activities

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Muddy Church

A relaxed informal monthly gathering outdoors, Muddy Church is a chance for all ages to wander and wonder; going for a mini-adventure of about a mile, thinking and talking about creation and our creator, finishing with a hot drink and a craft activity.

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Holiday Club

Our Holiday club runs annually in the school summer holidays – 4 days of fun, games, crafts, bible-stories, action songs, refreshments and prayer.
Running from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 12.30pm, it’s a big hit with over 60 children attending in 2019.

Who are the Youth, Children & Families Team?

It takes many helpers to run an event such as Holiday Club, but there is a core Youth, Children & Families Team (YACHT) who meet regularly to pray, plan and lead the events, some are teachers, all are experienced children’s or youth leaders and DBS checked – take a look at the ‘Who we are‘ page to check them out!

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Light Party

Every year on the Saturday closest to All Saints day, we hold a Light Party to celebrate all the good stuff in life, especially thinking about the gift of light. With party games, music and refreshments it’s a fun afternoon – click here to book for 2021 (30th October) when we’ll carry on the circus theme from holiday club.

Rules of Youth & Children’s events

No.1 Keep them safe

At any youth or children’s event, keeping them safe is our number one priority. Leaders and helpers are security checked, and are familiar with the Team Safeguarding policy. Click here to read the policy in full.

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Youth Group

This meets monthly on a Friday evening at Wilcot Vicarage. Rev Mark Windsor runs the evening with another leader, for 11 to 18yr olds. Activities vary from discussion sessions, to summer barbecues and trips to Air Dog for trampolining!

Family, Children, Youth events - what's the difference?

Family events are intended for the whole family to enjoy together. Children’s and youth events are for parents to leave your children there, and collect at the end, giving them time with their peers, and adults some quiet time! Age ranges depend on the event.

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Holiday Club Reunion

Held each February, and carrying on the theme from the Summer Club – a single Saturday morning; with more of the fun and game, crafts and drama of the Summer Club- and if you missed that, it’s a chance to try it out before the full 4-day club in the summer.

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Café Church

COMING SOON at St. John’s – this will be taking place roughly every three months in the afternoon. With café style seating and refreshments it will be an informal worship time to suit all ages. More details to follow soon.

Rules of Youth & Children’s events

No. 2 Have FUN!!

Growing their faith might be a serious business, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Childhood should be a joyful time and we aim to keep it that way – God has a sense of humour, just look at the duck-billed platypus!

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Other Seasonal events

As well as the regular events above there are many one-off events throughout the year, including:

Pancake races

Marking the start of Lent, this popular annual event takes place at Pewsey Scout Hall.

Easter

Members of the Youth Group help to re-enact the original events of Good Friday at an open-air service near the Co-op in Pewsey. Those old enough can also join in the dawn walk up to Martinsell Hill on Easter morning, or join a little later at the top of the Hill for the Dawn Communion Service around 6am.

Christmas

Our Christingle services in advent are always popular with all ages, as are the Crib Services on Christmas Eve.

St John’s version is a ‘turn-up & join-in’ nativity, attracting stars from far and wide – no lines, just turn up, get dressed up by our costume department, our wear your own, and follow the directors to re-create the greatest story ever told.