Children and families are welcome at Christ Church.
Even as we meet online!
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.
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.
Meeting together virtually
Each group is targetted at a different age range, from birth to adulthood we seek to support families in their walk with Jesus. Below are details about how we’re still meeting virtually while we’re unable to meet together in person due to COVID-19.
For more information about any of the groups or to join any of the online meetings below please contact Sarah McQuaker, our Children & Families Worker.
Family Sunday Worship
We value our children being able to meet and learn together, as well as being part of the wider church family meeting on Sundays.
9:30am – Children’s Sunday online group for any child up to Year 5
For around 30 minutes we learn from the Bible, sing and chat together about what we’ve heard. We try to make these times interactive and help parents to know how they can follow-up at home.
Parents are encouraged to supervise their children during this time.
10:30am – Virtual Morning Church Service for all
Join us as we meet together as a whole church family every Sunday. There’s music, singing, interaction and a talk from the Bible. Once a month these services have an All Age approach, to particularly help children learn to engage and benefit from the teaching.
Visit our Virtual Church page for more information and to watch the live stream.
11:45am – Online groups for Years 4 & 5 (Wise Words) and Yeas 6-8 (FXtra)
A short time for these groups to say hello to each other and to chat about the morning’s Bible teaching.
Midweek: Baby & Preschool – Saltworks Tots
Tots In A Box
At Tots, we love having fun as we grow up and learn about the God who made us, knows us and loves us. Our weekly Thursday emails contain a video for children made by one of the Saltworks Tots team, as well as ideas for messy play, craft, games and songs for you to try.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list, or watch previous Tots In A Box videos on our Youtube channel.
First Words (2 – 4 year olds)
This group is for children aged between 2 and 4 who join us on Sunday mornings. Since we’re unable to meet together on a Sunday we’re meeting online during the week – we’d love to see you there!
Midweek: Reception to Year 5 – Zig-Zag & YoYo
Aimed specifically at children between the ages of 5 and 10 during these times we have some fun and games together and learn more from the Bible with time to ask questions.
Parents are encouraged to supervise their children during these times.
Reception to Year 2: Zig-Zag – Tuesday 4:30pm
Year 3 to Year 5: YoYo – Monday 5:45pm
Midweek: Year 6 to Year 13 – FX & Rooted
Contact Keturah Adshead if you’d like to be involved in either of these online meetings.
Year 6 to Year 8: FXtra – Fridays at 7pm
In FXtra, 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.
Year 9 to Year 13: Rooted – Thursdays at 7pm
Each week, we take time to dig deep into 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 and play games together.
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 about the groups.
For Safeguarding concerns, contact the Safeguarding Lead – Mark Ventham (07719 866 913) or Deputy – Sarah McQuaker (07906 242 134).