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.
There is no Sunday Club on the first Sunday of the month (which is our regular All-Age Family Service) or during special all-age services for Easter or Christmas. S Club also takes a break during August but a station of children’s activities will still be provided.
At present we have no crèche for children under 3 but toy bags are available at the back of the church. Parents are welcome to make use of these in church 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 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 and Jane Luff acts as Safeguarding Officer for the PCC.