Mark 10:13-15 (NLT) [Also Matthew 19:14, Luke 18:16]
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them,
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Jesus really loves children and wants them to be encouraged to come to Him and learn who He is. That is why at St Nicholas we make special provision for the children in our congregation. We want them to grow up loving Jesus and knowing His ways so that they may receive the Kingdom of God.
During our weekly 9.30 am Sunday service, children are invited to join one of our Sunday Club groups. The groups cater for youngsters aged 3-13 and all children are welcome – church regulars and first-time visitors alike.
Our Sunday Club groups run almost every Sunday, except for the summer holidays and on days of great celebration like Easter and Christmas. On those days, children are included in our worship and often extra activities are planned.
We have a crèche area at the back of the church for children under 3 with lots of toys available. Parents are welcome to make use of these in the creche or in the Parish Room, where there is also an accessible toilet and changing facilities.
Parents of pre-school age children may be interested to find out more about Little Lambs – our church-run parents and tots group.
We aim for our regular services to be accessible to teenagers (Year 9+) and we also organise occasional mid-week activities for secondary school age children.
All our S Club leaders and helpers are DBS checked and briefed in child protection and safeguarding procedures. The church has a comprehensive safeguarding policy in place. Please see our Safeguarding section accessed from the main page of our website to find out more.