Community Kids meets during our Sunday morning service, usually from 11am.
We aim to make all children from 3-12 years old welcome, regardless of ethnicity, disability, background or anything else! (Children from 0-3 can be cared for in our crèche.)
Some of the children like to sit with their parents at the beginning of the morning celebration, and some of them choose to sit together – we usually sit in the front row! We have been trying to take an active part in the celebration by leading the congregation in prayers, giving readings, helping with the offering and sharing chocolates with those who have something to celebrate.
Our older children, in years 6-8 have their own group called Ablaze. They often meet separately and read the Bible together, as well sharing in quizzes, games, fun and snacks.
The youngest children (age 3-5) are called Sparkles, and enjoy singing, listening to a story, making a simple craft, sharing a snack and playing together. We use a visual timetable, and have the same structure each week in order to help some of our children with additional needs.
Lighthouse group (age 6-9) have a programme based on the Jesus Storybook Bible. They read the stories together and enjoy activities including crafts, worship, prayer and games.
Some mornings we run all three of the above groups, on other occasions the children come together as a larger group and sometimes we join the grown-ups for all age services.
In order to keep your children safe during their time with us:
-All of our volunteers are DBS checked
– Your children will be supervised, and 1-1 situations with an adult will be avoided
-We have a safe registration system in place – you sign your children in, and are in control of who can pick them up
-Our volunteers also attend safe guarding training, and the church has a written child protection policy in place.
If you ever have any safe guarding concerns, or suspicions of abuse that you’d like to report please contact Michelle or Jo.
We hope to welcome you to Community Kids soon.
Jesus said, “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Our ‘Mission Statement’ is the same as the rest of Dorchester Community Church to:
“Celebrate and share the Love of God”
We at Community Kids are no less of a church than that of the adult meeting, We believe in the same principles,we have the same heart but just in smaller bodies! We believe that we can celebrate God through, music, dance, song, games, crafts, activities and by having fun.
We aim to achieve this mission statement through the following five foundations: (Click the tabs to read on…)
Every child is loved unconditionally, valued and listened to.
Every child can access Community Kids, regardless of age or ability.
Every child has the opportunity to take part in church services and activities.
Every child is prayed for and encouraged to pray.
Every child is encouraged to worship God.
Every child hears the Gospel in a way that they understand.
Every child is encouraged in their gifts.
Every child has an opportunity to serve others.
Every child has an opportunity to contribute to Church life.
Every child is challenged to live out their faith.
Every child is encouraged and their achievements and development valued.
Every child is encouraged to read the Bible and pray at home.
Every child has a growing understanding of what it means to share their faith.
Every child is challenged to share their faith.
Every child can share in the life of the church.