Sunday Morning Activities
Children and young people are a vital part of the life of this parish, and so we make sure that they have a lively and child–friendly time to worship and learn each Sunday. As well as our monthly All Age services on the first Sunday of each month, we provide a crèche and Children’s Church on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays that the children can join after a short children’s message in the main church service.
Creche is a place of joy and noise – colouring, songs and toys and lots of chattter. It’s a place for making friends – friends that the tinies will see in Toddlers group, in Bubbles and maybe even in their big schools. It’s a place for our community for the littlest members of our church, and everyone under the age of three is invited to join.
How does it work? You go to our newly restored church as usual and when the children leave for Children’s Church, bring your little one up to the Columbanus room where leaders and helpers will be there to entertain and look after your young folk – then go back to the rest of the service! The leaders will take your details and you can rest and worship God knowing that your little one is being cared for.
Creche is organized by Rachel Brittain and co–leaders Christine Rankin and Nicola Gullen. If you have any questions, please get into contact with Laura or Rachel Brittain via the Parish Office.
Children’s Church is made up of three groups – Bubbles (age 3–P1), Splash (P2–P4) and Ice (P5–P7), who each have their own space and group where they will sing, dance, play games, make crafts and learn about the love that God has for them.. All the groups join together at the end of each session for a time of praise before being picked up by their parents.
This year, our core leaders are Paula Lown, Andrew Beech & Laura Symon, assisted by a vast team of parents and young leaders. Ballyholme Parish is a pilot church for “Jigsaw” – the children’s church curriculum created by the Down and Dromore Youth and Children’s Department (and co–written by our children’s worker Laura Symon). Each lesson is made up of a story, craft, games, and songs and is designed to be fast–paced to cater to all attention spans, with stories being taken throughout the Information about the curriculum is shared with the parish and parents to enable families to continue learning throughout the week. For further information on this curriculum, you can visit the official Jigsaw page here.