kids church

Covid notice

Due to Covid, we are currently not running these groups, but please do get in touch for more information or to join us for Zoom Kids Church.  We’d love to hear from you. 

Our Wigton base provides Kids Church on a Sunday morning for children aged 0-15 (ish!) and we’d love to welcome you along to join in! 

There are 3 groups, based on ages. 

If you’d like to book into Kids Church for the first time, let us know

creche

Under 5s

Primary

5-10s

Youth

11 - 15s (ish)

Each group follows their own programme which will help them learn about God & faith.  We also have an awards system with challenges such as completing acts of kindness, or helping with a church service.

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Meet Michelle - our Kids Church Leader

Hi I’m Michelle (on the right), originally from Blackburn but now well and truly settled in Cumbria. I spent over twenty years in the Salvation Army before joining the Methodist Church round about 2011

I have a passion for all things musical and working with children, so being a music teacher and a Youth Church Leader ticks all the right boxes. I think it is really important that children know from an early age how special they are and how much God loves them and that is what we aim to focus on in Youth Church.

I have a full time job is with the Environment Agency and in my spare time I love to read, cook (badly!), write songs, sing and play instruments. Family time is precious to me, so I often spend time walking, going to the theatre, having movie or games nights with my two teenagers, Hannalise & Toby. 

what to expect at our kids church

If it’s your first time at our church, you can expect a big welcome at the door!  The welcomers will ask you about Kids Church and will introduce you to some of our leaders so you know who will be looking after you (see below too). Your grown-ups will need to fill in a short form so you can join in kids church. 

You’ll join your grown-ups in church for a short while and there will be a children’s talk and maybe even an action song so look out for that (if you’re over 11, feel free to roll your eyes and look embarrassed).

Then you’ll go off to your own groups (find your age group below)

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Creche

Our under 5s provision is all about having fun and enjoying being together.  Creche is where we get to show little ones the first sense of God’s love by loving them and spending time with them.  Expect bubbles, a range of toys and books and some fun games!

Learning is all done through play.  There is usually an age-appropriate story.  Creche meets in the foyer, with glass panels separating you from the main church area, so your grown-ups will be able to see you.   They can also stay with you and still be able to see and hear the service. 

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5-10s

Our primary aged kids meet in the hall where there’s a bit more space for games and movement.  There’s always a bible story that follows our programme so we can learn about what God says.  There will be games, activities, crafts singing and prayer time.    We love having fun!

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11+

Our Youth group meet upstairs in the comfortable Upper Room, starting with a cup of tea or coffee (if you like it!) and a snack.  Your sessions are a bit more “grown up” and more discussion-based, but with plenty of chat, games and fun stuff thrown in too.  Bring your own thoughts on things – we love to hear what you think! 

FAQs

Yes, and all are required to complete Level 1 Safeguarding training as a minimum. 

We’ll have a chat with you first to see what you’d prefer us to do.  We’re happy to come and get you from the service if we cannot comfort your child. 

We would come and get you from the service.  We have first-aid trained people in the church from basic first aid right up to advanced nursing level.  We make a record of all accidents in our Accident Book. 

Yes. Every child is welcome to come along to our Kids Church.   Several of our leaders and others from the church have experience and training with additional needs.   Please discuss any individual requirements with Michelle or your group leader and include them on the welcome form.  We aim to make our sessions accessible to all, but please let us know if we can do better.  

Yes.  We’re happy for you to stay while your child settles – even if that’s the whole session – or for you to pop your head around the door (if it’s creche, you can see through the glass panels so you could always sit at the back to keep an eye on).  Whatever works for you and your child. 

We promote positive behaviour through fun, engaging sessions and incentives like stickers.  We also make our expectations clear around behaviour (there really aren’t that many!) and attempt to deal with any disruptive behaviour early on by working out what the problem is (it is rarely just disruptive for the sake of it), giving reminders about what we expect and providing some one-to-one time with one of the leaders where possible to chat things through where appropriate.  It helps if you can let us know of any potential issues before the session starts so we can do our best to prevent issues for your child.  If a child is particularly disruptive we may need to come and get you from the service.  The safety of all the children in the session remains our priority. 

Yes, but you will need to complete a registration form and provide contact details and the name and description of who will collect them if not yourself.  You will need to make sure someone will be available to collect them at the end of the service, unless they are able to walk home by themselves (we will need to know this beforehand).  We recommend that you attend with your child the first time.    If your child would like to come to kids church but you can’t make it, please contact us and we’ll see if we can help. 

Postal Address

50 High Street, Wigton, CA7 9PG

Phone

016973 42468

Email 

info@cornerstonemethodist.org.uk

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