In our churches the term 'children' includes
anyone from infancy up to the age of 10 years. After that they
are classed as 'young people' and you can find what we have
to offer them on the 'young people's activities' page.
CHILDREN’S WORK UPDATE
Christ Church and St Mark's shares a children's project with
St Andrew’s. The project has a name - and a logo! The
name of the project is going to be LIFT OFF! This will bring
the project together and give it an identity. It means that
all the projects will bear the Lift Off! logo, and that when
the families see it they will know it is run by the joint project:
Lift Off! Therefore Lift Off! will be running the Film club,
Art club, Messy Breakfast and the Explorer after-school clubs.
If you would like to get involved in any of the Lift Off! projects
then please speak to me. Claire Underwood
What a Year … for Claire Underwood
and the children’s groups. In 2013 the
work with the children has taken off. Between the 3 Churches
we have started 3 children's groups and 2 after school clubs.
There have been a total of 134 children attending a session
at any one of the groups.
Art Club began in September and all the
children that attended had lots of fun making things each session.
Together they made a Nativity set. One set was given to each
Church, by the children in the groups. These sets were very
well received by the Churches on a Sunday morning. Film Club
continued throughout the year. In December the film club showed
a Christmas film, which lots of children came to and enjoyed.
In the Explorers after school clubs, we taught the children
about the Christmas story and learnt a Christmas song called
Let’s Get Ready. The children from the Orchard after school
club performed this song at the Year 6 school carol service,
which was held at St Mark's Church. The Church was full of parents
that came to see their children sing. The whole school then
came to St Mark's for the Christingle a few days later and the
Church was full to the brim with children.
Messy Breakfast was also a huge success
at Christmas. We had a Christmas Party, which all the children
from all the groups were invited to. We had a great turn out,
and the children enjoyed crafts, toys and games. All the children
met Father Christmas, received a present and had their picture
taken with him, which they could take home. At the end of the
party they enjoyed lunch together.
As you know the children's work is a joint
project between Christ Church, St Mark's and St Andrew’s.
The project is changing and getting a name. The name of the
project is going to be LIFT OFF. The reason for this is to bring
the project together and give it an identity: instead of being
Claire's activity or a certain Church’s activity, it’s
a Lift Off activity. This means that all the projects will bear
the Lift Off Logo, and that when the families see it they will
know it’s run by the joint project Lift Off instead of
by a certain Church. Therefore Lift Off will be running the
Film club, Art club, Messy Breakfast and the Explorer after
school clubs. If you would like to get involved in any of the
Lift Off projects then please speak to Claire.
What Claire did at the beginning...
'Well some of you may recall that I was setting
up three projects for children and families, for those living
in our Parish and the Parish of St Andrews. All three of these
projects kicked off in April.
Project 1 is called Messy Breakfast and is a Saturday morning
group at St Mark’s Church. It’s for children under
5 to come with their families to play. The reason that it is
on a Saturday is so that parents that work during the week can
have somewhere to come and spend time with their children. It
is important that people spend time together as a family, and
we want to offer a space where they can do this. Toys, crafts
and games are available for the children to do and breakfast
of toast and croissants are also on offer for all.
Project 2 is called Explorers and is an after school club at
Orchard Primary School on a Wednesday. This is open to any child
in the school who is in Y1 and Y2. There were 14 children at
the first session and we hope for more to sign up as the 12
weeks progress. All children had loads of fun, hearing a bible
story, playing some games and producing a nice piece of work
to take hope. They all left with smiles on their faces and the
volunteers did too.
Project 3 is the film night at Christ Church on Friday afternoons.
This is open to any family with a child under the age of 11.
Families can come and watch a film without the worry of disturbing
others, and parents and children can spend time with friends.
4 children attended the first session; they really enjoyed watching
the film and eating sweets and popcorn. There is also space
for children to play if they get restless watching a film. We
aim to show lots of different films for children and families
The children and families that attended all these events had
lots of fun and we hope and pray that they will continue to
come and have fun. The volunteers who have helped have had lots
of fun too. All these projects are aimed at meeting families
and building long lasting friendships and relationships with
them. We want to love them, serve them and hopefully when they
are ready, introduce them to Jesus. I appreciate all the hard
work that has gone in to helping me with these projects, both
from volunteers and those of you behind the scenes, so thank
you. I pray now for the continued support and success of these
Children and Young Families Outreach Worker.
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Picture of Children's Craftwork
Sunday School activities for children aged
3 to 10 years are held twice a month on a Sunday during term
time at Christ Church during morning service times. They offer
a wide range of Bible and Christian teaching and are always
Parents and carers are welcome to stay with
their children and to help with the activities if they want
Mother and Toddler Group
Toddlers' Clubs are for parents and carers
with pre-school age children. They meet regularly during school
term times at St Mark's.
During the school holidays additional meetings
and activities are sometimes arranged. You can find out if any
are happening now by checking the 'Month-at-a-Glance' page or
by phoning the Parish Office.
Baby Sensory classes
Baby Sensory Classes
Sensory classes provide hundreds of simple activities designed
to stimulate the senses and help with your baby’s development.
The baby classes include activities ranging from signing to
fibre optic light shows, amazing light balls, bubbles and bells.
The unique themed session plans provide new exciting experiences
every week. Your first class is free so you can come and see
what we do.
Classes are held on Fridays in Kelsey Hall at Christ Church
for babies from Birth to 13 months. The classes are 1 hour and
include an exploratory play area.
For all the details of these classes, click
or contact Clare on 07779 234 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
more details about Baby Sensory, you can visit www.babysensory.com.
Jo Jingles provides fun, music, singing
and movement in classes specially designed for babies and young
children and their parents or carers. With the help of
the Jo Jingles doll, and using music and movement techniques,
children are helped to develop language and numeracy skills,
improve physical co-ordination, gain confidence and independence,
interact with other children and gain social skills.
Classes are held on Mondays at St
Mark's during term time. They last for around 45 minutes.
Sessions are run to suit all ages.
For more information about the Jo
Jingles organisation click here.
Parish Office can supply information about our sessions in St
Brownies hard at work
wonderful organisations for girls.
aged 5 to 7 years, meet in St Mark's Church. We have meetings
for Brownies, 7 to 10 years, in both our churches.
You can find out more about what
Rainbows and Brownies are and what they do by clicking on the
heading above. The Parish Office can supply meeting times and
and Cubs meet
in the Scout Hall close to St Mark's.
Beavers are boys aged 6 to 8 years and Cubs
are 8 to 10. Again, click the heading or contact the Parish
Office to find out more.
Dance and Drama
Dancing classes, ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatic,
are offered to children of all ages by Trinity Performing Arts
Academy (principal Rebecca Ostman) at Christ Church .
Classes for the under 10s are always very
popular. Contact details from the Parish Office.
To see our Child Protection Policy click Here .
For meeting times for Toddlers Clubs, Jo Jingles,
Sunday Schools , Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers and Cubs, and for
contact details for information about dancing and drama classes
The Parish Office, St Mark's Church, Leggatts
Way , Watford , Herts WD24 5NQ Phone: 01923 681972
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