"Helping parents raise their children to be followers of Jesus."
At Hope Church Sutton we want all children to feel fully part of the church as well as having age-specific teaching to help them know Jesus and live for him in their everyday lives. But our larger aim is not only to teach our children but to help to train our parents to teach their own children to be followers of Jesus, as they have the ultimate responsibility for them.
During both our 10 am and 12pm Sunday service, we operate two groups specifically for children aged 4-11 years old:
Hope Kids (ages 4-7) [reception to year 2]
Hope Juniors (ages 7-11) [Year 3-6]
Each week at our Sunday church services, the children start the service with the adults so they regularly get a flavour of an all-age church. After around 10 minutes they go out to their groups. Every couple of months we also have special all-age church services which are shorter and designed to engage the children as well as the adults.
Each of our Sunday children's groups will:
Have age-specific Bible teaching which aims at both understanding and applying it to their everyday lives
Sing child-friendly worship songs
Play age-specific games and crafts
All children are welcome whether they are used to church children's groups or not!
We are careful to keep to government-recommended adult-to-child ratios in all of our children's groups. And all of our children's leaders have been fully DBS checked with the government's child protection regulation body and follow the Co-Mission Safeguarding Policy.
If you have any questions about the programmes or want to know more about bringing your kids along on a Sunday then please Lizzie Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.