The Light Factory
Here is where you can find out about all our online Sunday resources for children aged 2-11.
Wildfire, our group for children in school years 1-6, are now meeting on a Sunday morning via Zoom. We're having lots of fun with games, challenges, Bible stories, discussions and more! If you'd like to join us for Wildfire please contact Clare Johnston, our Children's and Families Worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01394 383162 for more details.
Here you can download printable resources for 2-5 year olds and their families to follow at home. There is a new session available every Sunday, except the first Sunday of the month when we have our Virtual All Age service. A huge thank you to our awesome Sparklers leader David for creating these resources!
Click here for the latest Sparklers session
Or catch up with some of our older sessions below:
Sparklers@Home 11th April
Sparklers@Home 13th December
Sparklers@Home 6th December
Sparklers@Home 29th November
Sparklers@Home 22nd November
Sparklers@Home 15th November
Sparklers@Home 8th November
Here is some information about our Sunday morning provision when the church is open. This may be subject to change when the church reopens as we adjust to a new way of working.
Little Lights is our space for 0-2 year olds in the vestry at the back of the main church, where we have lots of toys suitable for babies and pre-schoolers. We also have a comfy sofa for parents and babes-in-arms who need somewhere quiet to escape to, and lots of story books. At the moment children need to be accompanied by an adult in Little Lights. There are also rugs at the front and back of church during our services on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month where you're invited to bring toys to play with during the service.
Sparklers is for children from age 2 to Reception year at school. At Sparklers the children enjoy Bible stories, songs, crafts and games, as well as playing with toys and going outside when the weather is fine. Parents are welcome to stay with or leave their children according to the child’s needs. We always have one leader and one helper at each session. Sparklers is held in the Old Vicarage and lasts for approximately one hour, doors open at 10:25am.
Wildfire is for children in school years 1-6 (ages 5-11). At Wildfire we cover a range of topics and characters in the Bible using drama, craft, discussion and games. A lot of the material we use is sourced from Urban Saints. Wildfire also includes worship, a time for free play, and drinks and snacks. Wildfire takes place in the Old Vicarage rooms 7&8 (upstairs) and doors open at 10:25am. At the end of the session children are escorted to church by their leaders for the end of the service.
Children's and Families' Worker
Hi, my name is Clare and I’m really excited to be here at St John’s and St Andrew’s as Children’s and Families’ Worker. I first started working with children at the age of 16 when I became a Junior Church helper at the church I attended with my family. During my first year at university I felt God was calling me into a career in children’s ministry and so I began to gather as much experience and training as I could through my local church. I became involved with Junior Church, Holiday Club, All Age Services, Messy Church and School Assemblies. Between 2011 and 2013 I studied for a Diploma in Children’s Mission and Ministry at Cliff College in Derbyshire and in 2015 I returned to Cliff to do a short course in Schools Ministry. Before coming to Woodbridge I worked at St James the Great Church in Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire for just over three years as their Children’s Worker.
I love teaching children about God’s Big Story and helping them understand that they can be part of that story now – not just when they’re all grown up! I especially enjoy visiting schools for assemblies and clubs. I’m also passionate about All Age worship. I’m excited to get involved with the children’s and families’ ministry here in Woodbridge and I’m looking forward to running kids clubs, family outreach events and lots of other exciting things!
If your child is 11-18yrs they can attend Revival Youth cells on a Sunday in the Youth Venue. Find out more on the Revival Youth pages of our website.
If you have any questions about the Crèche & Junior Church at St John's feel free to get in touch via our contact page.