Families

Children and families are welcome at Christ Church. 

Our aim is to help children come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, so that they can love God and live as his children day by day and as part of the church family.

In all that we do for children and families, we hope to build strong relationships, teach the Bible clearly, have fun and enjoy being together.

We take seriously our responsibilities towards children in our care.  The church has a Safeguarding Policy which applies to all our groups.  All leaders and helpers are chosen for their roles and are DBS checked as required.

Family Discipleship

God calls parents to play a vital role in discipling the next generation. We recognise that this is a very challenging role, especially in our secular culture, so we want to support parents by running age-appropriate groups on Sundays and mid-week, as well as recommending resources to use at home and running regular parenting and marriage courses.

Whole Family Sunday Worship

We are keen for children to learn to benefit from being part of Sunday services as they grow up, so that they are prepared to be active participants in the wider church.  Therefore, Sunday morning services start with the whole church family together. 

After a while, children are invited to leave for groups, depending on their age:

Creche and the group for pre-schoolers run every Sunday. 

Primary-age children stay in the whole service once a month, when we have an All-Age time together with Bible teaching and praise; and have groups for their age on the other 3 or 4 Sundays. 

From year 6, children remain in the whole service for alternate Sundays and have a group for their age on the other weeks. 

This helps to prepare all children to be part of the whole service on Sundays from Year 9. 

Parents are responsible for their children on Sundays, and we do ask that you watch them after the meeting – especially if they are outside!

Babies and Preschool: Crèche (0-2s) & First Words (2-4s)

In our Preschool ministry, we strive to create the first building blocks of a strong, gospel-centered foundation for our children, in a loving and fun environment.

In creche, babies to toddlers have space to play, sing and look together at simple books about God.  At about 2½ years old, they progress to First Words, where we learn simple truths about God and his Son, Jesus, in an age-appropriate way with playing, singing, snack and craft. 

All children’s group leaders wear yellow lanyards on Sundays, so they are easy to spot!

Saltworks Tots

Saltworks Tots is a friendly parent/carer & toddler group, which runs at the church building on Thursday mornings in term time between 10 and 11:30am.  £1 per family – all families and carers are welcome.

Our time together includes lots of play, often including some ‘messy play’; a Bible talk that we encourage everybody to come and listen to; drinks and snacks for adults and children; crafts; and song time.

Reception to Year 5: Smalltalk, Chattabox & Wise Words; Zig-Zag & YoYo

Smalltalk (R-Y1), Chattabox (Y2-3) and Wise Words (Y4-5) meet on Sunday mornings when it is not an All Age service.  In these groups, we work to continue building up a strong, gospel-centred foundation for our children by teaching and applying the Bible and encouraging friendships, with activities and a snack.  Leaders wear yellow lanyards on Sundays, so they are easy to spot!

On Mondays in term time, ZigZag (R-Y2) runs from 4:30-5:30pm, and YoYo (Y3-5) from 5:50 to 7pm.  These clubs have a fun programme of Bible teaching, games, craft and events.  All children are welcome and we ask for £1 a week per family.

Holiday Bible Fun (R-Y5) runs in February half term and we and are part of the local church partnership which runs ‘Explore 814’ camp for children in Years 3 to 8.

Family Fun

We also have frequent events in our church building or at Saltworks Hub for the whole family to join in with games, crafts and activities. Look at our events section for more information.

Year 6 to Year 8: F-Xtra (alternate Sundays) and FX

In F-Xtra, we seek to keep building gospel maturity. We encourage this age group to be in the main Sunday meeting being part of the church family every other week and then on the alternate Sunday we break out into a small group which studies the same text that will be preached that morning.

FX is the weeknight meeting for school years 6-8 and meets on Friday nights during term time from 7–8.30pm in the church hall.

Rooted

Rooted is for anyone in school years 9-13, it’s on Thursday evenings during term time, from 6:15 to 8:15 pm.

Each week, we take time to dig deep in to the Bible, discuss it in small groups and help each other to think through how it applies to our lives every day.

It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends, make new ones, get stuck into the Bible, pray, chat, play games and have a meal together.  Highlights of our year include a weekend away together, Summer BBQs, Sorted convention in London and Saturday socials!

Hope to see you one Thursday!

There is a cost of £3 per week to cover food.

Schools Work

Warden Park Primary Academy

‘Bible Explorers’ for KS2 on Wednesday lunchtimes.

Oathall

Refuel –  Christian Union – Wednesday Lunchtimes 1.10 – 1.45pm, Room DR2.

Warden Park

Engage – Christian Union.  Thursday after school 3.10 – 4pm, Room M14

Contact keturah@cchh.org.uk for more information

At Christ Church Haywards Heath we take seriously our responsibilities towards the children in our care. Group leaders are DBS-checked and we work to our Child Safeguarding Policy. Our children and youth workers are always happy to talk to you if you would like further information, have any questions, or wish to voice any concerns. Contact Mark Ventham (07719 866 913) or Sarah McQuaker (07906 242 134).


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